A PSA to Tardy, Arrogant, and Unprofessional Actors/Actresses

As a producer, I've come accross a variety of actors/actresses. But the ones that I feel bad for are the ones that don't even see it coming. See what coming? The obvious. That's what. I've supervised auditions where I have to pick one actor/actress out of seventy-five. Most of them are great...but I can only pick one! That's life. But what the arrogant and unprofessional actors don't see is the basic math in that. The odds are already against you yet you escalate that by being arrogant, tardy, and unprofessional. Maybe you can't do basic math?

Psst! You arrogant and unprofessional actors/actresses: When you're ready to "throw in the towel", take a close look at it; it will have obvious written all over it.

How To Deal With Skeptics

You know the type; the people who have snarky and sometimes pretentious remarks about what you're doing while have little to nothing to show for themselves.

When I come across a skeptic I indulge him/her. Skeptics like to be heard so I hear them out. Initially, they're very coy, but in no time a skeptic will reveal who they are; you just have to pay attention. They sometimes smile in your face while throwing subtle jabs. The key is to keep your guard down; after a while those jabs become super weak!

Not all skeptics are the same though. You have the subtle type that can be overtly pretentious about your work/progress. You have the bold type that flat out tries to insult your work/progress. And you have the hybrid that puts on a different face/persona depending on the person they're dealing with. Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) got nothing on them.  They all have something in common though; they're ignorant and narrow minded. They're incapable of analyzing and thinking way outside the box so naturally...you're a problem for them!

How should you deal with them? Well, for one, you don't get back at a skeptic by stooping to their level. You automatically lose by doing that. What you should do is keep moving forward. Keep creating, keep progressing through success because if there is one thing a skeptic hates it's a person's success. It kills them. It drives them crazy. So keep progressing/achieving success and have the skeptics hate you for it. It's the perfect win-win!


1). Shot the pilot for Awkward Annie. Now in post.

2). Started pre-production on an amazing short, Baby Hope, written by RETM client Bruno Gomes.

3). Started development on another pilot, Life As Jessica, with Mischa (Baby Hope) as the lead.

4). Started pre-production on a new comedic "news" web TV show, with Andrey Lyle Patino as our amazing host.

5). Started working on my first feature film with RETM client, Michael Neil Morris.

Filmmakers: Stop Overvaluing Yourselves! Seriously!

Let's start with basic economics, shall we: high supply meets low demand equals a surplus. Say that a couple times and let it marinate.

Ok, now you're ready. When the market is willing to pay you x and you're asking for 2x, it's easier to just tell the market you love being unemployed. Trust me, you'll be saving everyone a ton of time. For every gig out there you have 50-100 filmmakers/actors competing for it. Sometimes much much more. This is the part where you pitch the usual BS about how your talents are very unique and blah blah blah. Once again; the market determines how "unique" your talents are, not you.

Your favorite filmmaker/actor doesn't get twenty million per picture because he/she deserves it; they get that fee because there is a market willing to pay them that. Get it?

I'm like the Benjamin Graham of filmmaking. I just had to say that.

Moving on...

The Tulip Mania! The South Sea Bubble! The Great Depression! The Tech Bubble! The Housing Crash! What do they all have in common? Wait for it....overvaluation!!!!!

Putting together a glossy reel doesn't mean you should overvalue your service. Your competition is now global, and your high end DSLR, cool special effects, "high end" production value, etc doesn't make you "unique". It may work wonders for your ego and self-image but not so much for the whole business factor. You guys seem to constantly forget that this is a business! And businesses like to make a...profit! The more a business spends the higher their risks of a possible return. Translation: studios would rather a Paranormal Activity than a Lone Ranger.

I also find it very interesting how some of you filmmakers/actors are willing to compromise your creative integrity for an extra zero in your paycheck. But that's for another topic.