We filmmakers are some of the most persistent people out there. We hustle hard for projects we’re passionate about and we’ll stop at nothing to see them come to fruition.
Although I feed off of that excitement and tenacity, there are a few basics that every aspiring screenwriter or filmmaker should know if you want to get your project in front of people who you want to produce it.
You get up. Grab coffee. Sit at your computer (in your PJs) and… the cat knocks over your water, you need to binge Queer Eye again, your bed looks way too inviting. Your apartment is filled with distractions, but the idea of fighting over a spot with a nearby outlet at your local Starbucks is a daunting and often fruitless venture.
Here’s what you need to do to hunker down and get to werk at home.
When your life is particularly hectic and you feel like your losing your mind (Triggered right now? Me too), having a daily routine can help keep you grounded. It gives you a sense of purpose and direction.
As it becomes the norm to take more and more on our plates, it’s important to find a center point of gravity, whatever that may be for you.
In Hollywood we have a term called a “general,” referring to a “general meeting.” Since much of this industry is who you know (and whether or not you’re a chill yet professional person to deal with), generals are a great way to bridge that gap from respectable email rapport to “let’s find something to work on together.”