Life in the creative world is fraught with instances of friends family and strangers telling you, “It can’t be done” or “The odds are against you.” Although I’m sure they exist, I don’t know of any artist who ever thought that the odds were in his/her favor. Instead, we, as creatives, merely acquiesce to fate/destiny and to the notion that we will never be happy doing anything else.
Even trying — and failing — is better than abandoning our hopes and dreams….our love affair, with the arts. Just ask any bitter person who long ago abandoned their childlike dreams.
The point then is not, how do we fight the naysayers and negative ninnies, the point is: accepting the full spectrum of our existence in the creative world. Yes, we should build a team of supporters, cheerleaders and motivators. But we must embrace the ups and downs, the highs and lows, the crowds and the solitude. Ultimately we must embrace that fact quite often we must take the first steps towards our goal alone, and in an unfamiliar territory. But isn’t that what has beckoned us into this realm of creativity from the start?
Whether you create worlds with words, perform, give life with 1′s and 0′s, or perceive life with celluloid, our most prized possession, our sword and our shield, is our love for what we do.
Celebrities aren’t stealing your crowdfunding dollars…they, and even unknown project creators, are simply doing a much better job of reaching fans and inspiring them to act with their credit cards.
From the reactions of donors and critics alike, it’s pretty obvious that star-power isn’t the only energy source powering these campaigns’ machines.
While the support behind Braff’s film is apparent in the almost-immediate reaching of its goal, DARCI’S WALK OF SHAME is a case in point of campaigning gone wrong; not only did it not reach its initial goal, but several scathing reviews of the project proposal cropped up in response to its posting.
The specifics of what Takacs and Hart might have done wrong in their campaign (if, in fact, they did. Sometimes these things just come down to bad luck) are not necessarily important. What is important are the things that Braff and his team did right. The fact of the matter is that WISH I WAS HERE is creative, well prepared and set up for success from the get-go, which, when you think about it, is a familiar pattern for crowdfunding in general. In projects that don’t involve celebrities, that is to say, projects created by relatively unknown filmmakers, it all comes down to content when trying to get a project funded by the masses.
Even stardom can’t always get a flightless bird off the ground, and in that way, it seems that rather than being advantageous to celebrities, crowdfunding is actually leveling the playing field between famous and fledgling filmmakers. Both types have to put their mouths where the money is, so to speak, and actually put forth effort to see a project all the way to success.
Read the full article on the Lone Star Film Society page
My friend, the beautiful and talented Kikey Castillo, who starred in my movie, “Broken Hearts Club” needs some views, tweets, mentions to push ratings of her talk show ‘HOLA! LA’ through the ratings. Click a link, send a tweet, or simply watch the show
Dear Beautiful Friends of Mine:
Our next episode of ‘HOLA! LA’ will air twice this weekend first on Saturday, May 25th at 6PM on KCAL9 and then on Sunday, May 26th at 4:30PM at KCBS2. Those living in the greater L.A. County or near surrounding areas, will be able to catch the shows.
Currently, ‘HOLA! LA’ is a monthly show and the good news is – it has been steadily climbing the ratings! However, we need to show a significant boost of viewers in order to secure a future WEEKLY show! And more than ever, the show needs your support.
I know you have a huge L.A. network of contacts…because you’re awesome of course! So please help us get the word out. Everyone who watches (or if you’re unable to but want to support anyway) follow up by posting a comment on http://www.CBSLA.com/HolaLA or on http://www.facebook.com/HolaLAonTV
If you prefer to tweet, go for it: @HolaLATalk Hashtag: #holaLA
Anything you can do to help spread the word and help us prove we upped our viewership by at least 1,000 is very much appreciated!
From my heart, Thank You for helping spread the word about the wonderful show I’m on (feel free to copy me when you ask your network to check us out).
More info on our guests for this episode here: http://www.latinheat.com/2013/05/15/hola-la-may-25th-26th-summer-battles-motorcycles-episode-sizzles/
Sorry for the long hiatus between blog posts. I’ve been busy fighting crime as the Dark Knight while working on strengthening the foundation of some very big plans, in the very near future.
#RCWD has been kicking ass and taking names at NBCUniversal. We have more pitches coming up at NBC Drama. It’s the second pitch for Justin, first pitch for Paul. It’s the third pitch for Marcus who’s going back to USA. To top it off, Ramona is dragging me to Style Network for a pitching free-for-all and then we’re prepping several written projects for Bravo and Oxygen.
We’re even trying to go international with some of our previous TV series projects. But more on that in a later blog post.
My highest priority has been assembling the necessary elements for my #MassivelyBigIdea. It’s coming together like a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle. I’m patiently (and in some cases, impatiently) fitting each piece in the proper place.
Luck has been on my side. New acquaintances have been powerfully helpful. Old friendships I’ve nurtured have helped me develop new friendships with fine people willing to assist me. A new, more sturdy and powerful support structure is under way. As any creative person will tell you, often it’s the personal support structure we have in place that gets us through the low points of our artistic existence.
If you’ve been hanging around my blog(s) for a while, you may have found yourself waiting for the punchline: the culmination of over a decade of sacrifice, networking, creating, social media, and hustling. It’s about to pay-off. Stay tuned.
Ya’ll know I’ve been working with the Royal Court of World Domination (#RCWD) on a slew of TV pitches coming up including:
- a TV trifecta at NBC Comedy (pitching three shows)
- universal pandemonium at USA
- stalking Style Network with unscripted (3 unscripted shows)
- dropping the science on Syfy (2 requested story treatments)
It’s all good. But on my own I’ve ALSO got the #MassivelyBigProject that is stretching its legs and growing wings. It’s the feature film project I’ve been dying to make! I hope to reunite the old crew, my AD, DP, PD and Costumer for this puppy. Another element is on deck and I hope to finalize more very soon. Newsies, hit me up for interviews.
Time to make a feature film!!