We made it to the weekend!
We left off earlier in the week talking about how to hack ‘we don’t accept unsolicited submissions‘ when trying to get past the gatekeepers with your projects.
One question that came up in the comments was about where to actually find the producers who can help get your projects taken seriously and read. You can check out my answer to that in the comments section of the post but suffice it to say, this is a pretty big topic!
I was lucky enough to come into producing from being a sales executive, so I already had lots of contacts and a deep network already in place (that I’m still able to leverage today even for my clients projects). But what if you’re starting from scratch – how do you meet producers who can bring the value of their network to the table?
I was talking to a client today from Australia who flew himself all the way to AFM to start building up his network for an upcoming project. In addition to the meetings I set him up with AFM, he was able to leverage those meetings to get more meetings and meet more people. He met producers, financiers, and has offers on his project – at the script stage. He keeps extending his stay in LA because he’s riding the wave of momentum – movement begets more movement. I really believe this level of commitment is what it takes when you’re starting from scratch trying to find the producers who can help bring value to your project.
Another thing to think about is whether what you’re offering is special enough to get another producer to move off their own projects to take yours on. I’ll tell you one thing that gets people moving, and that’s material based on IP(intellectual property). Original ideas these days are a dime a dozen, but projects based on existing books, articles, other media, or true events even can help.
Of the projects I’ve produced this year, all but one are based on IP. So I’m a big proponent of it to say the least!
In fact, I’m discussing this at length as part of my TV Essentials course that is going on right now because it’s even more important in the TV business than in Film.
>> To illustrate what I mean, I’ve included a 3 min clip from Lesson One which we are doing this week.
And then if you have any questions, let’s discuss in the comments section below the post.
You Can Still Join Us In TV Essentials!
If you’e like to join us in the course, we can get you caught up with Lesson One this weekend and then we’ll be dropping Lesson Two on Monday.
We’re already talking up a storm in the online classroom so I look forward to chatting with you this weekend about your projects too :)
Here’s the audio clip from Lesson One…. enjoy!