“Break a leg” is theatrical slang for good luck. But there’s more than luck involved in breaking successfully into the industry and evolving into a working director.
Each step along the way is a challenge--one we hope to make a little easier through career advice offered by a mix of production house executive producers, managing directors and execs/owners.
To help foster opportunities for those seeking a meaningful foothold in the industry--and in the spirit of SHOOT’s 19th New Directors Showcase--we invited production company pros to offer career counsel to aspiring filmmakers.
SHOOT garnered responses to a pair of questions:
- What advice do you have for new directors? Include whatever you feel will be helpful; possible topics might include...
- Tips for getting production co. representation or an agent.
- Tips for freelance directors on getting an ad agency’s attention.
- How to obtain financing for a film or TV project.
- What to put or not put on a reel.
- How to decide which film festivals to enter.
- What technology is a “must be proficient in” to succeed today?
- Any tips on how to balance career and personal life?
Here is the feedback we received:
|DJay Brawner||Executive Producer/Partner||Tuff Contender|
|Kira Carstensen||Global Managing Partner||Merman|
|Hal Dantzler||Executive Producer/Creative Content||charlieuniformtango|
|Jesse Dylan||Founder and CEO||Wondros|
|Shannon Lords-Houghton||Exec Producer|Owner||Mutt Film|
|Rebecca Niles||Managing Director, Live Action||ArtClass|
|Hani Selim||EP/Managing Director||Durable Goods|