By Noam Kroll
Every Sunday, I send out my Micro-Budget Weekly newsletter exclusively to my e-mail subscribers. Each installment consists of a single article, containing actionable tips and advice for true independent filmmakers looking to hone their craft, increase creative output, and make a living doing what they love.
While the vast majority of these articles will only ever appear on the Micro-Budget Weekly (in e-mail form), every so often I will re-publish one here, as I am doing today.
So without further ado, below is a popular installment released just a couple of weeks ago –
Can you commit to working on your film career every single day?
Recently I’ve been thinking about the immense amount of effort, time, and dedication that it takes to succeed as a filmmaker. Filmmaking – and more specifically directing – is a craft that requires such a wide variety of skills and talents that simply can’t be taught, and can only be developed through years of persistent, focused effort, and an uwavering ability to keep at it even when the going gets tough.
People often ask what the one quality is that a director needs to succeed. That’s an extremely difficult question to answer, since there are so many qualities a director needs to possess to even have a chance at success… But when I’m asked that question, the only answer I feel comfortable giving is: Consistency and dedication.
I truly believe that every skill you need to have as a director – from technical know how to leadership skills – can only be fully developed by actually getting out there and working. It doesn’t matter what kind of project you’re working on, or where your starting point is… If you pick up a camera and shoot a film, you will learn. If you do it again and again and again,
From:: Noam Kroll