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Weekly Motivation: How Bad Do You Want Your Filmmaking Dream?

Every week I’ll be posting new videos as part of my Weekly Motivation Series to help the #IFHTribe along their filmmaking or screenwriting path. We all need some help, guidance, motivation or inspiration on our long journey in this crazy business so I hope these video help in a small way.

If you like this please share it with your friends and inner circle. Keep on hustling and never give up on that dream!

How bad do you want it? What are you willing to sacrifice to make your dreams come true? Now I don’t wanna hear any excuses, I know we all have life, and we all have things that we have to do and we financial restraints and this kind of good stuff. I get it. Trust me, I get it. But I have one thing to tell you. Life doesn’t care. It’s about you hustling, busting your butt and killing yourself to get where you wanna be, and what you’re trying to do.

All right, so just take that myth right out of your head. Nobody got anything handed to them, no one. I’ve been in this business long enough, and I’ve studied and spoken to enough filmmakers to see that every single one of ’em started somewhere. They all started wherever they started, whether it be in commercials, whether it be making an indie film, whether it writing a screenplay that got ’em some notice.

They all busted their ass. All you guys see is what happened afterward. Everyone just saw Tarantino in Reservoir Dogs. That’s all they saw. They’re like,

“Oh, he just blew up overnight.”

The man was bustin’ his ass in town for close to a decade trying to get his stuff done and get it seen and made. Okay? Mariachi, another one I always like to bring up. Robert Rodriguez. Everyone sees, oh, he got a $7,000 movie, and it was all this or that. You know what? But no one talks about the 40 or 50 short films that he made prior to that or all the hustle and creativity he had to bust to get El Mariachi out.

Educating yourself is the biggest thing you can do when you’re trying to move forward towards a dream or a goal. The smarter you are, the more knowledge you have. The more dangerous you are. The skills that you’re putting in your toolbox. The tools that you put in your toolbox grow more and more and more.

And it might not seem like a lot right now, but I promise you, you keep doing that, you read one book a week, listen to one book a week, at the end of the year, you’ll have 52 books under your belt.

Do you think you’re gonna be a little bit better at what you’re trying to do? Do you think you’re gonna be a little… Have a couple more tools in those toolboxes? I promise you, you will.

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