Money. We all need it. There just never seems to be enough of it go around. But let’s face it: without money, it’s hard to do much of anything. That’s why I freelanced for so long and did jobs I was overqualified for. That money was paying for everything, from personal expenses to this company. It was (and still is...) a lot. In fact, it’s probably one of the things in #ThatFilmLife that stress me out most.
So, what do you do? Do you give up and not do anything? Do you take out loans if you can? Do you convince people to work for free? Well, I’ve done all of that and more.
It’s hard to get out there and do what you know you’re supposed to be doing when you’re worried about how you’re going to pay for anything, like basic necessities in addition to what you want. Even something like buying a new shirt or taking my wife out for date night (and believe me, it’s better to be in debt than not have date night haha...kidding. Or am I? 😎). But in any event, you gotta go out and do it anyway.
Word of advice: keep it small, keep it simple. You don’t need to try to recreate Star Wars. But, you can do a short project, with one location, a small cast (like no more than 3 people), and a small crew. It’ll be a lot of work, and you’re going to wonder how you’ll do it, but you’ll be surprised what you can accomplish for yourself. And at the end of the day, putting yourself out there with these little projects can be a stepping stone to the bigger ones.