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A YOUNG FILMMAKER’S FIRST ENCOUNTER WITH HOLLYWOOD

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For so long creatives of the art industry, have been taught that true wealth is in their artistry creation.  create and create some more. 

“Money is not the be-all and end-all’’ so goes the saying. But is this really true? In a world where bank balances matter, why are many artists still buying into this narrative?  Great and broke 

I was one of those who used to find satisfaction in creating great pieces and getting applause, be it a perfectly covered and edited wedding video to a Netflix-worthy documentary. I was good as long someone gave me a good comment. This changed when I tested Hollywood

When my agent called to check my availability for this Hollywood movie, I was overjoyed because this would be great for my resume (Still not thinking about the money), and besides who wouldn’t want to be on the same set with Ethan Hawke.  

I went to beef up my resume but my eyes were opened to something else.  I realized why everyone wants to work in Hollywood.   

With Ethan Hawke onset of 24 Hours to Live Movie

Being on the set of 24 hours to live was life-transforming, the pay made me realize that Money is by far the best applause. It is the best way to let a creative know that their time and skill are appreciated. 

When executing their craft, Creatives are often told to GO HOLLYWOOD OR GO HOME; could it be fair for creatives to say PAY LIKE HOLLYWOOD OR WE GO HOME?

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9 Responses

  1. That’s so right , money is an answer so I second this ‼️Creatives are so much part of the big game.

  2. Oh wow.. What a beautiful experience for you Young lady. Some of us dream to just go there. I pray all your dreams come to reality. God bless the fruits of your hands. Good write up… Good narrative

  3. This is a lot similar to the current debate – why interns must be paid. The fact that paying a creative boosts their creativity is often overlooked.
    Nice read here !

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