Tips

How to Succeed as a Film Director

There are many things that you need to keep in mind if you want to succeed as a film director and follow the likes of Tony Jeton Selimi. Once a homeless man feeling helpless on the streets of London, he is now a globally respected educator, screenwriter and an award-winning author. He is also the co-creator of Living My Illusion, that since it hit the film festivals around the world, it has instantly become a global phenomenon.

In the first episode titled “The Truth Hurts”, the protagonist Joel Van der Molen, through Tony’s careful process and powerful questioning, he willingly and openly expresses on camera his deepest secrets and what is truly going on with his intimate relationship with his wife, creating suspense, drama and the desire to want to know more.

As someone who is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities in personal development and on the psychology of breaking through perceived limits, Tony uses his 30 years of knowledge to help others create life breakthroughs that pave the way for a healthier and happier life.

Many actors, musicians, film directors, entrepreneurs, educators, scientists, doctors, MP’s, lords, royalty, billionaires, celebrities, politicians and people from all professions hire him to help them create the life outcomes they desire. Organisations seek his help to teach his unique self-mastery values-based strategies to help them mindfully implement change programs, mental health and wellbeing strategies and engage their employees.

More and more film festival organisers book him to train filmmakers, directors, screenwriters and producers how to pitch their ideas and film to distributors, media, press and financiers so that they can build a business and wealth on the back of their film.

Since starting on his filmmaking journey, Tony has become an avid fan of filmmaking and has a few tips to share with others. Here are a few tips on how to succeed as a film director.

  1. Pitching (that is, the presentation)

“If the presentation does not get you hooked in the first two sentences, do not expect anyone to get hooked”, says Pegah Farahmand, the editor of the Random Acts program of Channel 4 UK. Most common in a pitch are the empty palaver and the endless descriptions. According to Farahmand, it is best to write a short, clear and concise paragraph.

  1. The idea

According to Selimi, many believe that the best stories have already been told, but the truth is that the key lies in the way of telling them. Do you have a different point of view? If you are presenting your story to a producer, ask if you have the liberty of finding a way to develop it within the context they ask for, or if you should adapt specifically to their needs. Also, make sure you create a logline that captivates the person you are pitching your idea to.

  1. You have to sell your movie!

Filmmaker Jake Witzenfeld – who premiered his documentary Orientated at Doc/Fest – says you have to focus on selling your work and not waiting for opportunities to knock on your door. Witzenfeld said that until Sheffield showed interest in his film, he had to move his work everywhere (and had to hear “no” a lot of times).

  1. Find your mentor

Find someone happy to be your mentor. “When I was just starting, I was lucky enough to find a person who helped me understand all the ins and outs of the film: festivals, networks, distribution…privileged information and someone has to teach you,” said Tom Davies, the producer of the movie Breaking a Monster. Tony J. Selimi is not the cheapest one, but he is considered one of the world’s best.

  1. Commit yourself

It is very important to be attentive to everything that is happening in the world, both socially and culturally, to broaden your perspective.

  1. Collaborate

If you want to be a director, you will need a camera operator: find someone with the home you share a common vision, have matching values, and you want to work with. Some prefer to share costs others create joint venture partnerships. “Networking goes way beyond meeting Steven Spielberg, you have to find people who are in the same situation as you,” says Charlie Lyne.

  1. Be kind

“The size of your ego can make certain people not want to work with you, I’ve seen many filmmakers work for the wrong reasons,” says Farahmand.

On that note, let me leave you with this kindness quote:

“Kindness is a quality of your heart that maintains the equilibrium between your narcissist and altruistic nature.” –Tony Jeton Selimi

Curb Your Habit of Saving and Learn How to Invest – The Thomas Wos Story

A lot of people of all age brackets never really bother to learn about the benefits that investing carries. They think saving up their cash is the way to being wealthy when in fact it’s actually just stagnating. Money needs to be exercised in order for it to make gains. Investing in shares, property etc. helps your cash stock increase in value and number.

Thomas Wos is a marketing expert, an author, entrepreneur, investor, online marketer, real estate developer and hotelier. Before becoming the mogul he is today and being this decorated in the workforce, he was just a kid with ambition. Born in Germany 1986, Wos knew he would become the frontrunner in many walks of life and in order to do that, he moved to Switzerland in order to tap into his potential and give life to his career.

Wos was already fascinated by marketing when he was a student. He started his own ad agency to channel his newfound talent in digital marketing. Today, this company is situated in countries across the world and Wos has been deciding to shift the workforce of roughly 60 employees to 100 because of how high the demand is. Thomas Wos provides his marketing consultancy services to all companies that approach him, regardless of their size and popularity.

Apart from being very invested in his digital marketing agency, he was into building a hotel for a long time. The idea of hotels had always appealed to him and there’s no one that can stop a dreamer with vision and hard work. Therefore, he is now making plans to construct his luxury hotel “The Wos”. He aims to make it one of the biggest hotel chains in the world someday and has 3 divisions that focus on all the key appeal factors in the industry.

Aside, from directing The Wos and his swiss marketing firm, Thomas has served as the Chief Operating Officer of “Swiss Marketing System GmbH”.“Swiss Marketing System GmbH” is doing marketing and creating/develop own projects.

Thomas, apart from being involved in so many fields, and amassing a net worth of $200 million – Wos is also very involved in charity. All the projects that he works on, he personally oversees them in order to make sure that the environment is not infringed in a harmful way. Wos wants to be famous so he can make the world a better place to live in for everyone. As of now, he is donating and working meticulously to devoid the ocean of pollution. He has also helped in building schools in West Africa in order to uplift the literacy rate and help those that do not have access to quality education.

The key to remaining rich forever and to reach the success point in your life is to invest, have goals, not rely on one stream of income and make sure that you give as much money to charity as you can.