UPDATE: How Did I Achieve My Greatest Success in the Entertainment Industry? (First post in a Series)

Alan (photo from Sharrie Mccain)

Introduction

My blog has been documenting my passion for the entertainment industry and my participation in it.  I have come a long way since I started my journey in 2009.  This series of posts documents how I achieved what I call my “greatest success” (among various accomplishments).

There are many articles around about how to get a foothold in the entertainment industry. Of course, there are the various skill sets, such as actor, cinematographer, sound engineer, and many more; some of which I have written about in this blog. People practicing these skills may have gone to school, or gone to acting classes, or got on the job training. However, what about those with “no talent in the creative arts”? That describes me when I started my journey. How would I be able to realize my dream?

The Journey Begins

Upon a recommendation from a friend, I joined Twitter in 2009, my first major foray into social media. I did not know what I would be using it for – I did not know what I would get out of it. Then producers started reaching out to me. I started out by being a funder of their projects. Providing funding did not take any skill, just a checkbook. Wow!  I would get on-screen credit in return – that is what sold me on funding. I might get financial reward eventually if the project made money. I did not have any artistic input; my desire to contribute artistically would come later. I was so excited when I saw my name “up in lights” for the first time. However, I knew virtually nothing about the internal workings of the “biz”.

To be continued …


Please provide your thoughts and questions in the comments. I would really enjoy hearing from you. If you have a topic in mind you would like me to cover, please let me know.


(Originally published on April 5, 2017. Updated on April 6, 2017 for corrected photo attribution)

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