Film & Video Production Career Coaching

Peter - Coaching Student

If you’ve never considered film and video production career coaching services before, I’ve got a question that will get you thinking more seriously about your future.

How much energy, time and patience do you have?

If you have a lot of each and apply truck loads of grit, you can become a pretty good filmmaker. It will take a few years but you’ll get there.

If you’re willing to learn by making mistakes, you don’t really need coaches, mentors or teachers to become a pretty good filmmaker. You may need to make numerous mistakes before you have a break through, but if you don’t give up, you will improve.

How good do you want to be?

The question is how good do you want to be and how quickly to your want it to happen?

We all know that a good teacher or coach can make us better then we can be on our own and we’ll do it significantly faster.

That’s why all top performers get coaches and most every musician who wants to “make-it” finds somebody to study with.

Unfortunately, I took the long road to a successful filmmaking career. I had to learn many things the hard way. Fortunately, I didn’t give up.

This is why I blog, create tutorials and coach.

I approach coaching as if I’m coaching my past self. The young me, who had plenty of energy, plenty of desire and could self-teach himself  almost anything he set his mind to.

Sound familiar?

If it does, then consider what you could do with a little helpful direction. Consider what doors might open if you’re actor’s performances were better, if you knew how to do a director’s script analysis and if you understood why some camera setups help your story and character arch and some don’t.

Those are just a few of the things I didn’t understand. Theses are basic lessons taught in good film schools. Understanding why these are important and how to exploit their powers are the difference between winning awards and making a video that resembles a movie.

Coaching isn’t for everyone.

My coaching service is for people who aren’t afraid of hard work, but want to work smart.

In my early years I wasted a lot of energy. Energy that would have otherwise helped reach my goals faster.

Most of my missteps we’re a result of blind, passionate momentum. In hindsight, I can see from a more strategic perspective the mistakes that could have been avoided. Had I started
on the right foot, and had a proven structure to follow I would have expelled far less energy and gotten the same end results even faster. From a hindsight point of view, this is common sense.

I’m not discounting my achievements. That’s would be doing myself a disservice. What I am doing is acknowledging that there is a better less painful way.  I’m urging you to maximize your efforts with knowledge.

Thats it.

The problem was I didn’t know what to study. I didn’t know when to the apply grit to a problem and when to back off.

Knowing where to apply appropriate amounts of effort and how to leverage knowledge makes all the difference.

When done correctly you’ll acquire new skills and you’ll grow at an accelerated pace. This is not a new concept. We’ve all had a least one good teacher and have likely experienced the pleasure of learning and the rewards of the new knowledge.

Filmmaking is not rocket science, but it is a craft that takes study.

The biggest problem most filmmakers have early in their careers is they try to be to good at to many things. This is a mistake. It’s too broad. You must go vertical if you want to accelerate your growth.

Let me explain.
When I say going vertical, I mean working within the collection of skills that make up any discipline.

This means focusing on fundamentals until you develop basic competence. Then, instead of going lateral to work on basic competence in another discipline, you go vertical and work on more advanced skills within your chosen discipline. The more advance within a discipline you go, the more vertical you’ll move up. This creates valuable skills and more opportunities.

Going vertical is just one example of how structure creates leverage and accelerates growth.

Structure and guidance is why people go to school, study with mentors, hire coaches and actively seek knowledge about the the things they “know” they don’t know.

A coach can point to the things you don’t even know, you don’t know. A coach will say “apply effort here, it’s important!”

That’s a big deal.

Whether your goals are to direct feature films, documentaries, TV and web commercials, corporate marketing or training videos you’ll make better, more engaging, more entertaining movies if you have a craft and have develop the right skills in the right areas.

The Real Question is “How Bad Do You Want It?

Do you want it bad enough to step outside of your comfort zone?

If you do send me an email by clicking  Contact Me  put “Coaching” in the subject line.

I offer basic coaching that revolves around a study guide, resources and different levels of interactivity and accountability.

At it’s most basic level my coaching is a customized study guide designed specifically to help you get to the next milestone in your career.