Advice for Creative Entrepreneurs

๐˜ฟ๐™ค๐™ฃ’๐™ฉ ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ž๐™ฉ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ง ๐™™๐™–๐™ฎ, ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ซ๐™š ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™ฃ ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ฎ. ๐™’๐™š’๐™ก๐™ก ๐™—๐™š ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™ฃ๐™š๐™ง, ๐™š๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง๐™ฎ ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ฅ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ฎ!

I was tasked by the #LinkedIn editors to share some advice for entrepreneurs headed to the South by Southwest film festival this week.

I am going to share some insights about my personal #filmmaking experience. Some of you know that I moonlight in the entertainment business, and have been since 2005.

๐ŸŽฌ I worked my a$$ off to write, produce, and star in a feature-length comedy film, titled ๐˜‹๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ˆ๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ (and collect all 250+ props, find all 10+ locations, land a recognized film star, etc). This $hit was hard. Like one of the hardest things Iโ€™ve ever accomplished.

๐ŸŽฌ Then, after 7 years of painful post-production with many unforeseen obstacles, I was fortunate enough to land a North American distribution deal.

๐ŸŽฌ This. Is. A. Huge. Deal. For. Indy. Filmmakers.

๐ŸŽฌ Some spend millions of dollars on producing a film for it to collect dust on a dresser.

๐ŸŽฌ I spent around $65K (and quasi-counting). Not bad for a 90-minute film with 200+ actors, 5 animals, 5-10 child actors, etc.

Some some advice for those entrepreneurs? While exciting and daunting #SXSW should be, people should still focus on realistic expectations and respective results, or lack thereof. Donโ€™t just start selling to sell. Learn, absorb, find the nuances you need to know about the new industry, find a mentor, take classes, up-skill, work tirelessly to put yourself in a place where someone opens their pocketbooks for your value offering.

I worked for free on set as an actor countless times before I got a SAG gig that paid. But I learned how to be professional on the studio set so I would get invited back someday if I was to earn it again.

Cheers to a happy (almost) weekend and festival! Go find your greatness, fellow entrepreneurs.

Oh, and some “fun” facts about landing a part on a studio TV show or movie:

๐ŸŽฅ 4K actors whose headshots get sent to the casting director

๐ŸŽฅ 400 are requested to audition

๐ŸŽฅ 40 get a 2nd audition or are sent onto the director

๐ŸŽฅ 4 audition in front of the director

๐ŸŽฅ 1 gets the part

And the best part? No casting director tells you why you got rejected. Now you want to talk about ghosting? I’ve been ghosted THOUSANDS of times. Keep movin’, life ain’t over.

I did get fortunate enough to land 10 gigs in my almost 20 years that Iโ€™m proud of the most. But itโ€™s not without the irony that is my life…check out the films and TV shows I’ve been in AND check out my indy movie: https://mjwcareers.com/something-personal-about-career-changes

Also, please check out the film I wrote, produced, and starred in: https://www.facebook.com/MJWCareers/photos/a.378917388788841/4719929398020930/?type=3

You can buy the DVD here and stream it here.

Finally, please check my IMDBย page if youโ€™d like to see more of my work!

#SXSW24 #SouthBySouthwest #Entrepreneur #Entrepreneurship #SMB #movies #film #filmfestival #Jobstickers #ActorLife #SetLife

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