Greetings, Fellow Creatives! Today’s episode of the podcast is a bit of a clip show, but I think it will be very useful to longtime listeners as well as anyone new to Coffee with Creatives.
As many of you may know, I try to make a point of asking guests on Coffee with Creatives for actionable advice for anyone who is just starting out, or perhaps feeling stuck with any one project or in the career, or who is just generally on the look out for practices and tactics that might help them create and keep on creating.
That’s the goal of the show at large, and in this episode you’ll hear from some of my more popular guests in terms of:
One piece of advice they would offer to help you generate and realize your vision,
Getting your work made and/or seen,
Moving through fear,
The benefits of mindfulness,
And other important methods that go hand-in-hand with creating professionally.
If you enjoy this episode, here’s the full list — in order — of guests whose longer interviews are excerpted. I’ll be back in a few weeks with a new full-length interview.
Director Joshua Caldwell got tired of waiting for permission to make his first feature film and decided instead to gather what resources he could — including his past experiences as a filmmaker — and then he and his team just went for it.
When I first “met” Josh on Twitter, we were already on a similar path with The Videoblogs, however I was impressed right away by the quality (and sheer existence) of his $6,000 feature film, Layover, which was shot a few years ago but would soon lay the groundwork for the next stage of his career.
As we talk about in this episode, it’s no small task to complete a feature film at all, never mind doing it successfully on a barebones budget.
But taking a big career step takes more than just the desire and the means. It especially takes more when those means are limited. In this episode, we also touch upon:
How and why directing can be an all-encompassing art
Why Josh turns more often to books, than movies and TV, for inspiration
Navigating Hollywood when there is no real, specific path to success
The importance of moving on to the next thing
What filmmaking is about more than anything else — “actors performing in front of the camera”
How writing down your vision can help you move forward over time
This talk should be of great help to aspiring or early-career filmmakers, or really anyone who’s ready (or wants to be ready) to take on his/her first big project. Feel free to ask follow-up questions in the comments or on Twitter (Josh, me).
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