In last week’s post I talked about Finding A Producer For Your Film, but what if you’re like me and you ARE the producer of your film – not the writer looking for a Producer, but the ‘buck stops here’ one responsible for raising financing for your film Producer?
Well I wanted to share with you some things that I’m focusing on right now with my own projects and hopefully it will help others of you out there too. To refresh your memory on my story and how I got here – I’m a former foreign sales agent turned Producer. I’ve Produced in the past and have now come full circle after several years on the sales side of things. I have to say, I feel very lucky to come back to Producing after my experience in sales – not least because I now have all the necessary relationships with buyers to pre-sell my movies. Prior to being a sales agent I worked in the Talent Agency world, so I also know how to package my projects with talent without having a stitch of financing in place.
The winning equation that’s really working for me right now is this:
Relationships with buyers + Packaging talent = A killer combo!
OK enough about me – I just wanted to give you a context of where I’m coming from. I’m not a Producer coming up through the ‘creative’ ranks per se….. I’m a producer coming up through the sales, financing, and packaging ranks.
So what am I focusing on right now?
A Diversified Portfolio – Web, TV, and Film … yes, all at once
Several Irons In The Fire – 6 projects on the development slate? Check. Out to multiple talent at once? Check Check.
Letting Go – I think perhaps the most valuable quality a producer can have is the ability to let go and move on when something doesn’t work out. There’s always the next project!
What about you? What keeps you sane as a Producer and what are you choosing to focus on right now?