It’s no secret that I love movies and filmmaking so it’s no surprise that I’m a fan of the Syfy Channel series Face Off, a reality show that tests the creative muscle of movie make-up artists. With phenomenal judges who provide gems of wisdom with their critiques, I sit glued to my TV every week. Currently in its third season, I noticed that I’d been taking lots of mental notes on lessons learned that applied to screenwriters and others hoping to make it in Hollywood. I finally decided to write my notes down on paper to share with everyone.
Photo by Syfy Channel: Glenn Hetrick, Ve Neill, McKenzie Westmore, Patrick Tatopoulos, and Neville Page
- Moviemaking is collaborative. If you’re a prima donna, you’re missing out on what moviemaking is all about. No one wants to work with someone who thinks he’s better than everyone else; a.k.a. an asshole.
- If you’re being bullied you’ve got to hold your ground. No one has time to rescue you.
- Don’t put your name on a substandard product—EVER.
- Don’t let yourself be pulled down. You have to step it up to fill any void.
- Work your ass off. Always.
- Creativity wins! In Hollywood, creativity is rewarded!