1. You better work it, girl!

Trying to get into the industry is hard, but staying in it once you’ve broken in, is even harder. Making sure you stay relevant and in work means consistency, networking and a constant flow of ideas.

Never be idle. Make new friends. Always have an idea.

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2. Show off your charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent.

Paired with the first quote – in order to make your mark, you better make sure you’re something to talk about. Do something different. Try something new.

Take risks. Be memorable.

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3. May the best… woman, win!

Ladies, filmmaking is unfortunately still a man’s world – but we’re getting there.

Don’t let statistics, or history, put you off dreaming big. And Gents, remember, the more varied the group, the wider the perspective, the bigger the ideas and the better the outcome. Also, this.

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4. The time has come, to lip-sync for your life… Don’t f*ck it up.

When you get that chance to voice your idea/screenplay/film to ANYONE who has the power to make any of it a reality, you better not stumble your words.

If you get to this point, you, my friend, are on the verge of that archetypal ‘break’ that everybody is dreaming about. Pitch it as if your life depended on it.

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5. Sashay away.

Saying all of that, if you don’t get that break, then that’s okay. Keep Calm and Carry On, as someone once said…

A failed idea isn’t a failure – it’s a learning experience. The best thing you can do, is take what you’ve learnt, go away and come back with something better. For every one good idea, you will come up with twenty bad ones. Keep that in mind.

I have a theory that there is no such thing as a failed filmmaker. Only filmmakers who have given up.

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6. If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna’ love somebody else?

Possibly the most important of them all.

Believe in yourself. If you don’t, then why on earth would anyone else?

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Can I get an amen up in here?