140: Filmmakers & Actors: Working a Full-Time Job While Pursuing Your Dream

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[Podcast] Filmmakers and Actors: Working a Full-Time Job While Pursuing Your Dream

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In this episode, we explore how filmmakers and actors can still work a full-time job while pursuing their dreams, but also how they can combine what they do to have the best of both worlds. Our guest for this episode is Brian K. Lewis from Halstead Properties and special bonus guest, Paul Bright, indie filmmaker and actor.

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Filmmakers & Actors:  What is the dream?

For many of us pursuing a career in filmmaking and acting, the dream is to make a nice living from doing just that.

Most filmmakers find themselves in the industry as a specialist in some field of focus.  Be it an editor, a production assistant, a prop master, or cinematographer ... you're still in the business.

For actors, it's a little bit more precarious.  Some find steady work in theater.  But those looking to be on camera talent, very few are able to make a full-time income from just acting alone.

Is there shame in holding down a full-time job while you continue to pursue your dreams?

Perhaps there is a way to combine the two worlds, so it becomes a win-win for you?

Our podcast guest for this episode may help inspire you to look at opportunities that are right in front of you.

Happy Accidents ...

Brian K. Lewis is best known as one of New York City's top real estate agents.  Actually, he's ranked #137 of all real estate agents in the nation!

However ...

That wasn't always the case.  Brian is an actor who spent time in Los Angeles and New York.  But it was New York that he felt most comfortable amongst the competitive hustle and bustle of the city.

You'll hear in the podcast episode, how Brian took advantage of a special program for out-of-work actors to help them find job placement.  The Actors Fund would eventually help place Brian in a real estate company.

While working as real estate agent in New York City, Brian continued his pursuit of acting opportunities, including working as Russell Crowe's stand-in on "A Beautiful Mind".

But as his success grew in real estate, Brian found another outlet for his creative acting muscles ... his marketing videos.

Now, Brian can combine his love for real estate and acting all under one umbrella.  His full-time job paved the way for more time on camera, including being featured on NBC, PBS, CBS, FOX, CNN, CNBC, and in the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, NY Magazine, Financial Times, NY Observer, NY Sun, & NY Post.

To listen to the full interview with Brian K. Lewis, click here:  FULL INTERVIEW

Learn more about Brian here ...

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Just making movies ...

Our bonus guest on this episode, is indie filmmaker and actor, Paul Bright.

Taken from Paul's website at https://paulbrightfilms.com/ here is his quick bio:

I figured out very early in my life that I was meant to make movies to tell stories and entertain people. Oh sure, I’ve done a whole bunch of other jobs, but the world of entertainment is where I belong. This is my calling.

It took me a while to start doing what I was meant to do. As a teenager I made TV commercials in LA. That was okay, and I still make commercials now. But it wasn’t what I was meant to do. Nor was working as a railroad conductor, helping people find lost luggage at the airport, driving a bus, teaching school kids, or running a farm (all of which I did).

A bunch of small movies will add up ...

Paul continues to keep his living expenses modest all so he can continue to make his movies.

As you'll hear in the podcast episode, Paul's plan is to make as many small movies as he can that all bring in a little bit of money here and there.

He's a true independent.  No one to answer to ... just goes about making his films the way he wants to make them.

Here's a list of projects that Paul has made:

Producer/Director

  • PROF TOM FOOLERY SAVES THE PLANET!, Feature
  • LONG TERM PARKING, Feature
  • FORGOTTEN HERO, Feature
  • JACK’S COFFEE TALK, web series
  • GOLIAD UPRISING, Feature
  • ABRUPT DECISION, Feature
  • ALTITUDE FALLING, Feature
  • AARON… ALBEIT A SEX HERO, Feature
  • THEFT, Feature
  • ANGORA RANCH, Feature
  • LITTLE BABY TWO SHOES, Short
  • DISASTER AND SUZE, Short
  • PLOT NUMBER NINE, Short
  • REAL MEN PSA, Commercial series

You can listen to Paul's full interview here:  FULL INTERVIEW

Learn more about Paul here:

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I finished my film ...

But now what?

You're in luck!

This FREE video series can help.

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Scott McMahon is a Fellow Film Trooper at Film Trooper, a website for helping filmmakers attain filmmaking freedom. Scott recently made a feature film for $500 with no crew called, The Cube. Want to know what equipment was used to make that film? Grab a FREE gift at www.FREEGEARGUIDE.com