“Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.” -Meister Eckhart
No matter what success you’ve enjoyed in the past, no matter your reputation, no matter your past awards, reviews and accomplishments, the next project you do will feel like you’re starting all over again. Or to use a filmmaking term, you’re “back to one.”
As it should be.
Having a beginner’s mind keeps you hungry and humble. Forces you to work just as hard on creating and producing this project as anything you’ve done before. You’re appropriately terrified.
“Back To One” also prepares you for the long slog ahead. Especially when it comes to marketing. Getting people to show up.
Because no one’s coming based on what you did in the past. They’re only coming because the project is awesome AND you work your butt off to let them know about it. You consistently tell them how passionate you are about it and why it’s for them.