Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Manifest a screenplay sale in 2014

This is a fun yet effective game to play to manifest a screenplay sale.

I have used it with my coaching clients and they love it.  It's not only fun but will definitely have you thinking in the right direction...positive rather than negative.  We sometimes, as if on autopilot, ask ourselves negative questions which draws more of the negative things we don't want into our lives.

Give this process a chance. We are creative, imaginative beings aren't we?  Do it at least twice a day.  Once in the morning before getting out of bed and once in the evening right before going to sleep and watch what wonderful things are drawn to you in the next few months.  I also like to do it for a few minutes in the middle of the day.  Some would call it daydreaming but I call it imagining...imagining how it would feel if all these great things happened in my life.  Plus, it is better than saying affirmations because your mind or ego isn't going to fight you as it would if you said, "I am rich."  It would probably come back and say, "Eh, no you aren't are you wouldn't be struggling to pay the rent."  If you changed the "I am rich" statement to "Wouldn't it be nice if I were rich?"  The green evil giant called the ego wouldn't be prompted to rear it's ugly head.  No alarm will sound that makes it want to fight to negate the statement because it's not a statement but a question.


The "Wouldn't It Be Nice If?..." Process

When to Use This Process:
•  When you find yourself leaning toward the negative, and therefore offering resistance, and you want to turn it around to something more positive.
•  When you are already feeling good, and you want to focus more specifically on certain areas of your life to make them even better.
•  When you want to gently guide a negative, or potentially negative, conversation to a more positive place for your benefit or to gently guide someone else.

This Wouldn’t It Be Nice If...? Process will be of the most value to you when your Emotional Set-Point is ranging somewhere between:
•  Positive Expectation/Belief and
•  Discouragement.
When you say, “I want this thing to happen that hasn’t happened yet,” you are not only activating the vibration of your desire, but you are also activating a vibration of the absence of your desire—so nothing changes for you.

And often, even when you do not speak the second part of the sentence and you say only, “I want this to happen,” there is an unspoken vibration within you that continues to hold you in a state of not allowing your desire.

But when you say, “Wouldn’t it be nice if this desire would come to me?” you achieve a different sort of expectation that is much less resistant in nature.

Your question to yourself naturally elicits from you a more positive, expectant response.
And so, this simple but powerful game will cause a raising of your vibration and an improvement in your point of attraction because it naturally orients you toward the things that you want.

The Wouldn’t It Be Nice If...? Process will help you let in the things that you have been asking for, on all subjects.
-- Source: Abraham, from the book Ask & It Is Given


Why not use it to manifest a screenplay sale?  Wouldn't it be nice to sale a screenplay to a major Hollywood producer?  Wouldn't it be nice to have a million dollar sale?  Wouldn't it be nice to see your movie in theaters?  Wouldn't it be nice if you were a working, produced screenwriter?
Wouldn't it be nice if......? You fill in the blank.

Try it, create your own questions for all areas of your life.  This process works but you have to believe.  The key is to ask the questions but do not try to think or find of the answer...let it come to you organically.  Before you know it, you will start to be in the right place at the right time and things will start falling into place.  Seemingly synchronistic opportunities will start coming your way.  If you have a "bah-humbug" type of attitude then of course it isn't going to work for you.  We get what we expect so why not expect the best?  Start becoming a conscious creator in your life instead of unconsciously creating things you don't want.

During my "imagining" sessions, I also like to start questions with I wonder what would happen if..... or Why do I have....
For example, I wonder what would happen if I sold a screenplay?  Or Why do I have so many producers making offers for my work.

I say it works because I have sold a screenplay and a reality TV concept with very little effort.  Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not.  Things sort of fell into place---right place, right time with the right project.  I don't believe in coincidences.  I used to wonder what it would be like having a job where I traveled the world.  Well, that dream came true.  I've been on more than 50 trips in the past 9 years and have travelled all over the world....throughout Asia and Europe...all for free.   It has been a dream come true.  Hmmmm....I wonder how that happened.

I wonder what interesting and exciting opportunities are coming my way?
I wonder.
What are you wondering about for 2014?

Friday, September 27, 2013

Attract the Career of Your Dreams

Attract the Career of Your Dreams
by Tara Taylor

Do you love what you are doing as a career right now? If yes, great, keep applying those steps to manifest an even higher level of happiness and if no, give these tools a try and you will be on your way to living out what you day dream about.

Keep your eyes on the target, or shall I say intention:

Everyday visualize yourself doing the task or career that you day dream about, allow it to bring a smile to your face.

Keep those feelings on target/intention:

As you are smiling and visualizing yourself doing this career or task, allow yourself to feel it. You will get a tingling feeling and a warm sensation throughout your body. Allow yourself to feel how happy you are doing that career and task.

Keep your ego in check:

As you are doing this little exercise, your ego will be triggered and it will say things like, How are going to do that? How will you make money? You are not smart enough? (You get my point) It will give you all the reasons why you “cannot or should not do it.”
Write out all those fears on a blank piece of paper and take three deep breaths rip that piece of paper into tiny little pieces and as you throw those papers away say “I now send those fears back to the illusion they came from.”

Then go back to step one “keep your eyes on target” and continue the process. This will clear out any fear or blocks you may have about accomplishing your dream career.

Do this a few times in the next few days and I assure that you will start to see movement in the path of YOU loving your career.

This is a little something different that can actually be applied to every area of your life.  Tara is a great coach and I wanted to share an excerpt from her weekly newsletter.

Hope it helps to enhance your life in totality.

Write right and write on!

Friday, August 16, 2013

How many scripts to write in a year? That is the question!

Excerpt from Marvin Acuna’s newsletter at TheBusinessOfShowInstitute.com

Great info so if you haven’t signed up already, I encourage you to do so and it doesn’t cost a thing!

QUESTION: How many screenplays should a writer who is not actively on assignments or making a film be generating over the course of one year, in your opinion?

MARVIN: When I was managing screenwriters, I told them that I wanted AT LEAST 3-4 new scripts a year.

Even if you’re writing part time, you should easily be able to crank out that number.

The bottom line is if you’re not writing new material, two things happen:

A) You’re not developing your craft, or shaping and clarifying your voice.
B) You’re not affording whomever you’re working with the opportunity to do anything for you.

If you’re not working with an agent or manager, you must still be able to talk about fresh material when you DO speak with Hollywood Professionals.

The screenwriter’s kiss of death is constantly trying to pitch the same, tired script, over and over again.

That last line is priceless information. PRICELESS I TELL YOU! Ensure you are not doing this and that you are coming up with new ideas every week even if you can't write them all. Flex your idea muscle. The more you use it the better ideas will come to you.

Short exercise.
Each day, spend a few minutes, maybe while at lunch or breakfast or even right before bed (well maybe not before bed because your brain will be too active and you will be dreaming some very weird dreams all night...unless you like that sort of thing...and sometimes we get ideas for great plots in dreams...just remember to write them down as soon as you wake up before you do anything else or you will forget that fabulous, original, creative idea. Believe, I know.

I digress...anyhoo, each day, write down at least 10 new movie ideas in your idea notebook. Don't judge, don't analyze, don't correct, especially don't criticize and don't show it to anyone - just get them down. If you keep doing this process you will eventually come up with a winner that you can later use as inspiration for a new project that will sell.

The more you practice this exercise the better you will be able to come up with creative ideas easily. Your brain is a muscle you know and engaging it activates your inner idea machine. Just be careful you don't get an extra big head! Not pretty I tell you, not pretty...hmmmm on second thought re. big heads...eh hmmm (visions of "big heads" dancing in my head). [SNAP OUT OF IT - knocking myself back to reality - GOT TO STAY FOCUSED HERE!]

Hmmm where was I? Oh yeah your inner idea machine....
This also will help to deal with any writer's block when it creeps up.

Also, feel free to do this in any area of your life. A fun exercise to practice is thinking up ways to make $1 million dollars - legitimately! Try it and let me know how it goes. I think I will write a separate blog post just on activating the idea machine.

Write right and write on! N.

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Indy Filmmakers reaching out


"The Girl at the End of the World" is the story of two lovers in a long distance relationship who are torn apart when a meteor hits the Earth and knocks out all technology in the world.

This is our second feature film, our first film All or Nothing was released to great acclaim and brilliant reviews earlier this year and was a really great learning experience for us. We're planning on using everything we learned from that shoot to make The Girl at The End of The World the very best it can be, our goal is to have it stand up against the very best independent films in the world.

Where the money will be used:

We are planning to shoot in California for a week and for 3-4 days in Ireland. We already own all of the equipment and software needed to make the movie but we need that little bit extra finance to pay for locations, food, transport, marketing, props, post production expenses and maybe if we can to pay our cast and crew a little bit for all of their hard work.

We plan to submit the film to major film festivals with the hope of playing at the biggest and best but we also have a back up plan which includes self distributing through iTunes and Netflix/Hulu.

We'll also be holding premieres in LA and Dublin and both cities will also be hosting kick ass wrap parties which you can gain access to by donating now or by watching or facebook page where we will be selling tickets directly (tickets will cost $25 for LA and €20 for Dublin.

How we'll deliver the movie:

The day after our last shot is filmed we will be in post production and we plan to be done editing the film and have it ready to watch in November for those in our early access club (donate £15 or more). We will then release the film in December the rest of our backers.

*All or Nothing was shot in December and released in February so we're confident that we can deliver the movie in that time.

Other ways to help us:

If you cannot donate at this time it would be really cool if you could help us spread the word and encourage others to make this cool project happen.

We could also use some accommodation in California in September for three people so if you have any way of helping with that then we would be very appreciative.

And finally if you would like to work on set, be an extra, have a speaking role, help make sandwiches or just help us shoot the movie in anyway then please get in touch.

For more information, go to http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-girl-at-the-end-of-the-world