Create Your Own OpportunitiesA couple of weeks ago, I was the Script Supervisor on the short film, Charlotte, helmed by Director, Angel Kristi Williams. Though Angel is based out of LA, the film shot in Baltimore and I got the chance to be a part of the team that made it happen.

As a writer, director, author and producer, I am always in the position of having the create opportunities for myself. I don’t believe that you can sit back and wait for someone to bring an opportunity to you on a silver platter. So, one strategy that I implemented was I joined Seed & Spark, an organization that helps filmmakers raise money for their films.  When I watched Angel discuss Charlotte in her trailer, I donated money to the project and sent an email offering my assistance when they shot the film.

 

I was thrilled when they agreed to allow me to be a part of the project and I utilized the opportunity to establish new relationships and create an opportunity to learn from someone new or from a new team, altogether.  Angel and I vowed that we would stay in touch and I’m sure we will.

 

I’ve been in a lot of networking groups and I hear people say that they don’t know how to gain experience. But, you have to always find a way to put yourself out there. And, instead of thinking, “How much are they gonna pay me to work on this project?” Start thinking, “How much will I learn if I take on this project?” It will change the number of opportunities that come your way.

Here are three things to remember when you create your own opportunities:

  1. Be willing to help someone else.
  2. Even if you have more experience than others on the team, play your position.
  3. Be willing to learn from other people. Nobody can know everything…not even you.

Peace & Love,

Yasmin

 

 

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