Clean Up Your Film CareerI have been running Raindance Film Festival for over 20 years, and the British Independent Film Awards since 1998. Over the years I have been really fortunate to meet hundreds of exceptionally talented, smart and wise people from all walks of life and from all over the world.

In my own life and career, I have made many false starts and chased dreams which sometimes, painfully, have turned out to be worthless. Ah the pain of a career in the arts.

I thought I would write up a few of these ideas of how you can relaunch your career, or renew your pledge to a successful career:

1. Clear the clutter

If you are like me – you will have dozens if not hundred of bits of scripts, DVDs, showreels, letters of inquiries and the like stacking up space in your workspace.

Get rid of anything that isn’t immediately relevant to what you want to achieve in the next 90 days. If there is something you want to work on later in the year, file it away somewhere where you can easily find it.

The same goes for email newsletters. I just unsubscribed to a dozen or more. And flags in my email inbox – whoever came up with the bright idea of flagging important emails? And how quickly the flags of essential reading pile up! Delete.

2. Go Green

Being ecologically sound doesn’t only mean swtiching off un-wanted lights and bathing in 2cm of water. It can also meaning maximising your own personal resources and caring for your own mind and body before it withers and dies. Proper diet, exercise and ample meditiation will keep your body and mind supple, youthful and green. If you want a more detailed idea of what I mean read: What Successful Filmmakers Eat For Breakfast.

3. Feng Shui

Fung shui is an ancient Chinese system of aesthetics believed to use the laws of both Heaven (astronomy) and Earth (geography) to help one improve life by receiving positive energy. This ancient philosophy also dictates how you position different elements of daily and household items in order not to block this energy. The ancient Chinese developed a series of astronomical charts and instruments to chart the best energy lines.

So too for filmmakers. Look at the position and habits you have developed and question whether or not you are organised for maximum energy and effect. Get your business and financial affairs in the correct position. Make sure that you expand and developing a circle of useful people with meaningful and positive relationships, and eliminate destructive and abusive relationships.

Fade Out

Hopefully these ideas will help, and you will rearrange the ‘furniture’ in your life and allow your career to prosper.

Hope this helps,
Elliot Grove

 

 

 

About 

Photo Credit Jay Brooks / BIFA 2015

Elliot Grove is the founder of Raindance Film Festival and the British Independent Film Awards. He has produced over 700 hundred short films and also five feature films, including the multi-award-winning The Living and the Dead in 2006, Deadly Virtues in 2013 and AMBER in 2017. He teaches screenwriting and producing in the UK, Europe, Asia and America.

Raindance trailer 2017

Elliot has written three books which have become industry standards: Raindance Writers’ Lab: Write + Sell the Hot Screenplay, now in its second edition, Raindance Producers’ Lab: Lo-To-No Budget Filmmaking and Beginning Filmmaking: 100 Easy Steps from Script to Screen (Professional Media Practice).

In 2009 he was awarded a PhD for services to film education.

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