I remember the day this book arrived as if it were yesterday. But it was ten years ago. I was excited, but deep down inside I felt the story wasn’t complete. Volume 1 grew to 5 more volumes and I am still writing the 7th. (to view volume 1, just click on the book cover below).
As we start our 13th year, with the first script nominations added, we certainly have come a long way.
I believe in this project and why I stay with it. I am driven to see it succeed because of its importance. If we can save one soul from suicide, or Hell – seriously, how can we not succeed? We MUST succeed. It isn’t an option. But part of getting to that success, are all the steps that MUST be taken a long the way. If I don’t know how to fund my film, I need to learn from those who do know how. If I didn’t send my script out for “coverage” and allow a professional script writer the chance to critique it, I wouldn’t have my script where it is today. If I want a professional project that leads to success, then I have to learn how to be a professional. I have learned a great deal. But I am still learning.
I am reading an incredible book by Norman Vincent Peale (to view the book, please click on the book cover),
but I am getting ready to take a very intense filmmaking class – and I have to pitch my project. Well, fear instantly grips me as soon as I think about it. But if I can’t pitch my project in a classroom with my Fiscal Sponsor, how can I do that in a room full of investors? I know the above book is a GODSEND. I lack self-confidence in how I might present the project. I do not lack the confidence in the story. I just lack confidence in my ability to present it correctly. But I can learn how to present the project correctly. So, all hope it not lost. I can do this. But I have to remind myself that I can. In one of her newsletters, or blogs Carole Dean of From the Heart Productions www.fromtheheartproductions.com (our Fiscal Sponsor for the project) wrote the following:
This is taped to my desk. I have to get this inside my being, and not words or thoughts of doubt. Investors will see if I have confidence in myself and in my film. This – TRUTH, will make or break a film funding meeting. If I have no confidence in myself, they will doubt my confidence in the film and will keep their money to themselves. It is that simple. NO! I can’t let that happen. My passion and my confidence must shine forth. But, in all honestly – it doesn’t when it comes to me pitching. So, I am working on it and I will get my pitch and myself where it needs to be. I have to!