On New Years Eve 2009, I looked at all the work I had done outside my day job and was pretty pleased with myself. I asked myself how many hours a week I had managed to devote exclusively to my private ambitions of drawing, painting and creative writing. The answer was a paltry 2 hours per week.
What would 2 hours a week working on my dream(s) make me? I guess, it would make me a hobbyist.
My resolution for 2010 was to spend 10 hours a week on my dreams, which I have managed to accomplish. Over 500 hours doing nothing but major and focus on my dream.
What would 10 hours a week working on my dream make me? I reckon that would make me a professional amateur.
My 2011 New Years Eve resolution was to turn semi-pro with a whopping 20 hours a week working on my dream(s). And of course, what has happened is that I have dropped back to hobbyist!
There are many routes to professionalism. There are many things filmmakers can learn from the sculptor Henry Moore, whose special exhibition wing at the AGO in Toronto is one of the finest in the world. Henry Moore was a workaholic, but no stranger to a glass of champagne and tuxedo at one of the many gallery openings of his work.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange also has developed a work ethic that has propelled him from a nobody to a household name the world over. There are many things screenwriters and filmmakers can learn from Wikileaks.
Make those evening and weekend hours count, and before long, you can rise out of the ranks of amateur and become a serious professional.
10 Resources To get You From Amateur To Professional Filmmaker
Here are some useful articles that might assist you in your quest to turn pro: