Before you invest in Hollywood, you should understand when you’ll get your money and where it will come from. Sadly,… Keep Reading
I’m fortunate that I’ve been screwed by a producer on only a few occasions, but one screwed me so hard I still have dreams about it. That’s a story for another day. That incident made me so sensitive that I’ve become hyper-vigilant. Plus I see and hear people getting screwed all the time in Hollywood. Sadly, this is an easy industry for people with the money – or the illusion of money – to really fuck over hardworking people. They make a few promises one day. The company is gone the next. I only work for quality producers these days because I know what to look for. If a production doesn’t appear to be well funded and thoughtfully managed, I get the fuck out. (Or rather, I never take the job in the first place.) The best teacher is experience, they say. The second best teacher is someone else’s experience. Here are some red flags that signal a producer is going to screw you. Consider bailing on the production if you see these. [content_upgrade cu_id=”751″]Free Download: 10 Signs That Production Company Has a Cash Problem[content_upgrade_button]Click Here[/content_upgrade_button][/content_upgrade] Red Flag #1: Your Pay Doesn’t Arrive on Time Labor is usually a producer’s…
Just like everything else in this town, you have to approach your income strategically. You have to cope with the craziness if you expect to survive.
One misconception has been floating around Hollywood for years. I’d like to explain why the “rule” that 80% of movies lose money is 100% bullshit.
Your first job in Hollywood WILL suck – I guarantee it – but you will learn many invaluable lessons and start to build a network that you can rely on to help you move up.
An important part of producing movies – or working anywhere creating content, really – is fighting unpreparedness, larceny, and fraud. We probably can’t eliminate them (unless there’s a magic wand I’m unaware of), but we can ease their influence on a production.