Filmmakers and Screenwriters Career Strategy 2012

If your career strategy doesn’t change, if it doesn’t grow and develop then it is merely surviving. Who wants to survive. Don’t you want to live? When hearing about a success in another, most screenwriters and filmmakers start whining: “That may work for their project, but not ours.”

Don’t ever let yourself fall into this trap.

This is generally nothing more than an excuse not to change. Are there differences between film projects? Sure there are, but when it comes to success, the process is the same for most of us. Find a story, get a script, find a producer, seek and acquire finance, produce and market the film.  No matter what you are making or writing, this is probably your outline.

Within this process there are many successful strategies and techniques. Don’t ignore any of these by using the excuse that your film project or script is different or that a certain strategy or technique “wouldn’t work for you.”

Why is this a dangerous myth?

It is dangerous because we act on our training and beliefs. What if your training has been wrong? Beliefs, whether positive or negative, will determine action and response to situations. A belief that our film or screenplay is unique is a license to stagnate. It gets us into a habit of making excuses for not being as successful as we can be. Instead of looking to excel, we start to look for reasons why we can’t excel. If you do what you have always done, you will get what you have always received. If you come across techniques that are working for others, adopt them. It might take some tweaking to fit directly in your film or screenplay, but try it.

Don’t allow yourself to believe your project’s situation is unique. People buy scripts, finance films or go to the movies for the same general reasons: either to get more of what they want more of, or get rid of what they want less of. All this myth accomplishes is cutting you off from useful strategies. Instead, find ways to tweak any good strategy you come across to fit perfectly to your film or script. A belief that your project is completely unique only offers the benefit of deceiving yourself in an effort to make convincing excuses.