Are you a filmmaker? If so, do it with confidence..

creative confidenceIf you have decided to be a filmmaker my advice to you is to boldly move into it with confidence.  Your first work doesn’t have to be genius for you to make it.  Filmmaking is a journey and you are constantly learning and changing.  The key is to just see it through. See, this is the real skill.  If you can see it through and finish, you will have a movie or short film and that will take you to the next level. Just finishing. Finishing is so so important.  You want to be able to look back and say, “I did a film, here it is!” Maybe it’s bad or whatever but it’s done. And then you move on to the next one.  This is the creative process.  This need for perfection or acceptance can bog down many an artist. The bigger point I want to emphasize is that you must commit to your vision.  I mean do you REALLY want to do this?  If so you can’t give up so easily. Do you really want to make movies or films? Why?  Personally I feel if you feel called to be a filmmaker there is an important reason and you can’t give up so easily. If you can just get up and easily walk away then maybe you don’t really want to do it.  You should feel like you HAVE TO do it! Maybe you need a story you really believe in that you would be willing to walk across fire to get made. You have to believe in your vision more than anyone. And, no one is going to believe in your vision more than you.

Personally, I go with George Lucas’s philosophy which is that he doesn’t make movies for others just himself.  So when he is happy with it, it’s done. Because there will always be someone who likes it and someone who doesn’t. You are tossed around on a sea of opinion. I can’t work that way and neither should you.   Filmmaking is really really hard stuff and what makes it hard is all the inner crap we have to deal with as well as the outer crap of getting it made.

Be careful showing your stuff to other filmmakers for their opinion. Their standards are way too high.  Run it by everyday people first, they are the ones who matter ultimately.  I’m not saying you can’t have other filmmakers critique your stuff, just know that they will be harsher than the average Joe and you might be dealing with jealousy/envy issues etc.  As you probably know, there is a ton of ego in this business.

The major issue I had and I see with a lot of new filmmakers is just plain insecurity, which is totally understood seeing that walking into this business is like groping around in a dark jungle near the edge of a cliff. A lot of businesses and people take advantage of this with classes, workshops and books.  Those are fine when needed, but ultimately the thing to do is face and walk into the fear. Do it anyway, and let it be what it will be.  If you need some encouragement, I have another blog called Dream Warrior to help keep your inner artist inspired.

There is a famous quite from the movie “Glengarry Glen Ross” where Blake  says, “A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Closing. Always be closing, always be closing.” this is a great mantra for sales people.  For filmamker and artist I would adapt like this:”Always Be Creating”
“Always Be Creating”
“Always Be Creating”
“Always Be Creating”