3 LESSONS FROM 10 MONTHS OF FUNDRAISING

In around February of this year, my business partner and I at Telekinesis Entertainment set out to do the impossible: raise money to make movies.

Every day for the last 10 months, we failed. It’s a harsh reality. Raising money to make movies is a zero sum game; you either have raised money or you haven’t.

Until this week, that is. We’ve officially succeeded at raising money to make a movie. Here’s a few things I’ve learned along the way in hopes of helping anyone starting out on a similar journey.

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Testing And Optimizing Your Way Out Of A Slump

A few weeks ago, I was stressed out.

I wasn’t making enough money at work.

I also wasn’t doing much about it.

I wasn’t writing as much as I wanted to, and wasn’t doing much about that either.

Things needed to change – but how? Here’s what I did, and what worked.

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So Good They Can’t Ignore You

I’ve been reading a lot lately.

A few weeks ago I finished The 10x Rule by Grant Cardone, which is a game changer.

Then I started reading a few things centered around stoicism, like The Obstacle is the Way, The Promise of a Pencil, and Letters From A Stoic.

None of those were as easy to speed through, as I felt like I needed to slowly digest those in order to really get what iI needed to get out of them. Then I remembered a book I had come across a while back, called So Good They Can’t Ignore You, by Cal Newport. I had been following Cal’s blog Study Hacks for a few years now, and remembered he had written this book. I had just never read it before.

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CREATE EVERY DAY

There was a great post on a blog that I follow that prescribed the 1 2 7 14 system for screenwriters. The gist is this: writers write. You know what else? Photographers take pictures, filmmakers make movies, and creators CREATE. You have to be doing something every day that is related to what it is that you do. Your creative output is what sets you apart from people that dream about being this or that to people that are doing it.

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