The Answer to The Question: What’s Next?

One of the most common questions I get from clients, conference attendees, and blog readers is “What’s Next?” Filmmakers, writers, artists, secular media, corporate media, educational media, religious media – it’s always the same: “What’s Next?” People want to know what’s coming up and how to prepare. I applaud that desire, but it’s not really a question of what’s next, as much as how to position yourself to find it. That’s when I read a brilliant piece by Andy Kessler in the Wall Street Journal. Here’s his answer, and I think you need to take note:

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With Creativity, Quantity Comes Before Quality

The other day my wife Kathleen and I were in the car listening to the new “Beatles” channel on our satellite radio. She remarked on the number of songs the Beatles had obviously recorded that we’d never heard before, and honestly, a significant number of those songs are junk. The Beatles literally transformed rock and roll, and we’ve come to think that everything they recorded was brilliant. But the truth is – even with the greatest artists –

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Three Steps to Becoming A More Visual Storyteller

We are a visually-driven generation, but then again, we’ve always been. Filmmaker Frank Darabont (Shawshank Redemption) says: “Visual storytelling of one kind or another has been around since cavemen were drawing on the walls.” Today, toddlers have iPads and play with cameras. We grow up with cameras in our phones, and people document every aspect of their lives. Just as important, more and more creative people are opting for a career in photography or filmmaking. The fact that YouTube spends about $1 million a day expanding their server space to accommodate all the videos being uploaded confirms the fact that millions are making short films these days. But how can you

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Are You Too Busy? Read This Before You Answer

Everyone’s “too busy” these days.  Too busy to write that novel, produce that film, visit your parents, attend church, go back to school, get training, read books, follow your dream – whatever. And it seems like everybody waves the “I’m too busy” flag like a status symbol. How many times have you started social conversations with that phrase? And if you have a day job, (especially for us creative types), that extra work is often overwhelming, so even thinking about

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Do You Have the Creative Confidence to Risk it All on Your Ideas?

Everyone’s creative, but not many are willing to risk it all on their creativity. But when you reach that point, everything in your life begins to change. Suddenly you’re willing to make that scary pitch for the dream project, present your ideas to the client, and push your team to new levels. I’m reminded of the handwritten note General Dwight Eisenhower wrote before the famous 1944 D-Day invasion saying that if

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How Hollywood Works (Part 2)

A few weeks ago I started a series on how Hollywood works where I collected quotes from friends in the entertainment industry sharing their insights on breaking in and becoming successful. I’ve discovered that an enormous number of projects fail – not because they’re not good ideas from talented people – but because the filmmakers, writers, or other creative people simply don’t know how the industry works. So from time to time I’ll continue dishing up some great advice from talented professionals about producing, directing, acting, writing, and all the other avenues to making your dream happen:

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What Hollywood Producers Are Thinking About Right Now

As a member of the Producer’s Guild of America (PGA), I attended our annual “Produced By” Conference yesterday at Fox Studios. It’s a gathering of producers from feature films, television, digital media, special effects, commercials, and more, all discussing changes in the industry, projects we’re focusing on, and especially to hear from industry leaders about what’s happening in today’s

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