- Ten Lists of Ten Tips for Digital Filmakers &
Tips for Keeping Your
Sanity in the Film Business
By Amy Katz
is enchanted by the mystique of the entertainment
industry. But only those who work in it understand
how the ungodly hours, sporadic paychecks and gladiator-like
competition can catapult filmmakers into the mental
ward, skid row, the bowels of hell or worse. While
keeping your sanity in the business of celluloid dreams
is harder than navigating through L.A. rush hour traffic,
it can be done by following these 10 steps:
Listen to that little voice. No, not the
one that sounds suspiciously like your mother complaining,
"Why can't you get a real job like your brother?"
The smaller one, deeper down, that whispers "If
I have to edit one more episode of "The Real
Housewives of Burbank," I think I'll hang myself."
Trust that voice; it will never lead you astray.
Budget, budget, budget. One of the perks of contract
work is having leisure time between assignments. But
If you are spending your time off desperately scrounging
for any bones a producer might throw you, it's likely
you didn't budget. Consider buying a cheaper car or
eating out less. Turn those bouts of "unemployment"
into the "vacations" you sorely need.
Don't compare your success to others. "I
only have 20 shows to my name." "She's making
$100 a day more than me!" Focus on perfecting
your own skills and finding contentment on the job,
rather than how your career falls short of those around
you, and you'll always be on top.
Practice integrity. Integrity is "doing
what is right even when no one is watching."
Acquaintances will come and go in your life; so will
jobs, money and possessions. But you have to live
with yourself. Choosing the high road may seem pricey,
but we all know where selling our soul to the devil
Vision first, then goals. Successful businesses
have vision statements that guide all their decisions,
and so should you. If your work is beginning to feel
meaningless, it's time to soul search . What is your
life's purpose? Fruitful goals are ones that fulfill
our highest visions.