“You need me and I need you.”
When you are trying to make it in business, building business partnerships can aid you in your long term growth. Me myself, I pride on being more of a creative than a business person (crazy considering I have my MBA). So this means either I will need to find a partner, or learn to be the person that is of sound business mind. Because being creative is fine and all, but when it comes to turning your creativity into a monetary gain, then eventually you are going to need to take off the creative hat and put on the business hat. And everything about business that is not creativity takes a lot out of you if you are a creative. Because creativity means creating, but business means listening to other people and foregoing some of those creative ideas. Well, how do you cope in such a space?
learn to let go
As an indie filmmaker, I have all these ideas that I would like to use to create. But at the end of the day, there is something called a budget. And you have to learn to operate within the budget that you are allotted. And that means taking some things out, making the art work in the budget, but not as to sacrifice the idea you had originally intended to promote. And that is tough in a business space, especially if art is the business that is being sold. I want to put it all in, meaning I write a script that is 200 pages, I want a 200 minute film. In reality, that script better get cut down to 105 to 110 pages. The artist that succeeds learns to give a little, the ones that starve never do. So what you should do is build relationships with people who can help you keep your vision, but grow it into a business.
two is just better than one
Yes, you want to do things alone so you can say you did it by yourself. But the work it takes to do it all alone, you really lose a lot of time that could be spent in other areas. So building with someone is very helpful. Like I said, sounds good, but in the end it’s not good. I would love to write, direct, produce, market, advertise, distribute, promote, and collect from my indie films I am looking to make. Reality is, that is just not feasible. You are going hurt more than you’re going to help. So use someone that knows what you don’t know, and they will learn a lot from you as well. And with that you can go on to have other partnerships that will generate revenues for you so you can continue to do what you do more seamlessly.
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