People ask me what I do for a living, and I’ll say “I’m a filmmaker.”
Then they say “Oh! My nephew does that.” NO. I ACTUALLY MAKE A LIVING WITH FILMS. YOUR NEPHEW IS UNEMPLOYED.
I know you’re thinking, “Curt, you handsome and wise devil… How do you go about making a living with your films? PS: I love you.”
I love you too << Test First Name >>, though I feel the need to see other people. Here’s how I earn a living filmmaking:
- By distributing my own film so I control the profits (I don’t recommend this if you’re a beginner)
- By finding investors who want to give me money.
- By influencing the investors, by mastering my own psychology first.
- By taking 100% responsibility when life doesn’t go my way (again, this isn’t always “true”, but if you act as IF it’s true, it becomes true; which is the pragmatic definition of “truth”)
This is NOT a quixotic platitude.
Today we’re going to give specific steps on #2 and #3 in a brand new 60 minute interview with a filmmaker who also makes a living filmmaking — and has done so since he was 17.
What do you do if you can’t find investment for your film? One answer is to sit there disconsolate with your arms crossed and blame Hollywood.
The other option is what I espouse; take responsibility, treat your film like a startup and yourself like an entrepreneur.
I’m going to hold you to it.
Director / Writer / Producer
You know how Eminem is the Rap God? Well up North there in Canada, Curt's referred to as Toronto's "Film God." Studying mathematics and physics, his switch to filmmaking has given him a unique eye where he sees how things are traditionally done in the industry and goes "Um.. WTF." With a focus on results, and not just "festivals", Curt has taken cues from the startup world as well as deep psychology to help other independent filmmakers get connected, get funded, and make money with their films.