A Filmmaker Needs Friends … The Right Ones.
Being a filmmaker is hard work. It’s an uphill battle at times. You struggle to get people to notice your work. You fight to get paid for your art. And at the end of a hard day, you want to have someone to bond with who understands your pain. For that reason we’ve compiled this list: 5 Friends Every Filmmaker Needs
1. The Friend with Money / Producer Friend.
This is the friend who is well-read and is somewhat a capitalist. They have stocks, bonds and a 401k. They understand that there are people who make art and other people who support it. This friend will help your kickstarter campaign and knows other people with money.
2. The Socially Conscious Friend / Reality Check Friend.
This is the person who makes sure you don’t go off supporting Donald Trump because you’ve become so out of touch with your black roots. This person reminds you of dope people like Malcolm X, and Tahneisi Coates and knows that sometimes you grind so much, you’re not reading like you’re supposed to. But this friend keeps you woke.
3. The Therapist Friend / Won’t Put You In A Straight Jacket Friend.
This is the person who knows how hard you work but also knows your struggle with mental health. It’s no secret creatives have a higher incidence of mental illness. This person checks on you and notices things like when you disappear from social media or when you stop answering your phone. This person saves your life by simply being in your life.
4. The Share Your Dream Friend / Partner In Crime Friend.
This is the person who may share your skill or passion for your work. This person is willing to go to conferences, film festivals, writing retreats, etc. with you. This person keeps your passion alive because you can look at that person and see yourself. This is the friend who literally grows with you.
5. The Networking Friend / Help Get The Word Out Friend.
This is the person who knows people who know people. This person probably knows some friends with money, but they also know people who hire for jobs, they know people who will promote your work. Bottom line: They know people. This person is an asset because just knowing them increases the people who know you.
Look at your list of homies. Now ask yourself, “Do I have this starting five amongst my friends?” If not, it’s time to network and create your winning team. We have teammates on Instagram and on Facebook. And if you need us to act as your Share Your Dream Friend, sign up to the newsletter and we’ll help to keep your dream alive. Of course, our resident networker is yours truly, I love making friends.
**Featured photo courtesy of crew member @Write_TheFilm on Instagram.
Yasmin Shiraz is a Screenwriter and TV producer who has worked for Lifetime, A&E, Bravo and PBS. She’s a best selling author of more than 11 titles and the founder of Black TV Film Crew. She is the CEO of Still Eye Rise Media.