A 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:
- Be willing to help someone else.
- Even if you have more experience than others on the team, play your position.
- Be willing to learn from other people. Nobody can know everything…not even you.
Peace & Love,