I think it was Donald Trump who said – “If you’re going to be thinking anyway, you might as well think BIG”.
I really love that statement as it relates to producing films because here’s the deal – if you’re going put in all the blood, sweat, and tears anyway to make a movie, why not make it a BIG movie. A bold step instead of baby steps. Something to catapult your career instead of to just the next rung on the ladder…
When I was a Sales Agent I spent my time pursuing BIG deals because guess what – that’s how I got paid. Not only that, but I knew the buyers who could afford to make big deals were the ones I wanted to invest the time to make relationships with. And I was spot on in my thinking because those are some of the buyers I’m working with today in a different capacity – to finance films I’m Producing.
But back to Sales Agenting for a second…
Because my paycheck was tied to making big deals instead of small ones I was always on the lookout for BIG films that I could acquire and subsequently pursue big deals for. It just so happens that big films didn’t always come from already well-known filmmakers. More often than not, in the pool that I was acquiring from, it was more like new filmmakers who were just really big thinkers and who went all out with their films. They figured if they were going to make a film anyway, they might as well make something commercial and go out of their way to attach name talent to the project…. thus creating somewhat of an insurance policy on the film since they themselves weren’t well known yet.
Well these days I’ve turned to Producing instead of Sales Agenting, and you better believe I’m leveraging every relationship I ever made with buyers from all over the world and agents & managers I’ve made relationships along the way to get my movies made. And I don’t have time to think small or even waste time with small thinkers. That’s right, I’ve gotta think BIG.
So what’s the point of this blog post? I’ve seen so many projects come across my desk lately and I wonder where people’s BIG visions are. I wonder why they’re aiming for anything but the top and not putting in the extra effort to make films that can actually put them on the map.
Remember, there’s less competition at the top so don’t be afraid to pick up the phone this week and approach that A-list actor or director you have in mind… or pitch your project to that A-list company and if you hear a NO anywhere along the way… on to the next!
Let me know what you think by commenting below… and also if you are in the thick of putting projects together right now like I am, let me know how you’re getting on with things – what’s working for you, what’s not working for you, and where you’re at…..