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Dance-tress Acting Up: Producing your own projects



Producing my own projects has been some of the greatest accomplishments I've achieved in a very long time. Being in charge on my own set is empowering. Editing how I want, is incredibly entertaining. Seeing the finished project is rewarding beyond words. You have a completed finish project to present and show. You did it, what an accomplishment! But it isn't always as easy as 1, 2, 3.

It is very tiring. Everything is on YOU, especially if you enlist other people to help you either in front or behind the camera. If you don't finish the project, then not only have you wasted everyones time, but those people most likely will not be willing to help you again. Why should they? They got nothing out of it, and unfortunately, I am still at the level where I can't pay anybody. If they take the time to be on your set, that is time they could potentially be making money elsewhere. So, be efficient and understanding.


Now that you have a finished product that you're proud of, you can't wait to show the world. You have spent countless hours producing, writing, editing and you can't wait for everyone to see it. It should definitely go viral, because according to you, it is AMAZING. But, that isn't always the case.

It is really, really, really hard to rack up the views (unless you have a following. I do not). Therefore, it can become discouraging very quickly. I wouldn't be surprised if half of the views on my video are from me refreshing the browser over and over.

People are busy. Not everybody goes on social media often enough to see it. Not everybody cares. Maybe some people don't even like you. Who knows, but what I do know, is that you DON'T have to be rude to people who want to share with you something they worked very hard on and are very proud of. 

For example, my boyfriend just finished the second episode to his fan film series, "Grayson: Earth One". The first video has over 300k views and has won numerous awards all over the country. In order to get the second episode out, we have been hitting up social media, press, bloggers, etc in hopes of getting the word out, but some of the responses have been so rude. 

"Stop spamming me"

"I don't know you"

"I don't care"

How does one consider a simple tweet spam? And if it is your job to cover all things comic related how are we inconveniencing you? In fact, we are making your job easier by coming to you so you don't have to do the work to research the latest and greatest news #yourewelcome. Not to mention, everyone needs a helping hand every once in a while. I highly doubt everyone got to where they want to be 100% by themselves. Is a simple click really all that painful?

From artist to artist, remember, we are all in this together.  A little more respect? 

Discussing First Class Reels With Entrepreneur On Fire

Great interview with John Lee Dumas over at Entrepreneur On Fire.  We talk First Class Reels, my biggest failures, successes, and my own advice to other Entrepreneurs.

To see the full page on Entrepreneur On Fire, click here.


717: Darwin Carlisle: Make each project the best thing you’ve ever made

What does it take to be an Entrepreneur? Join us as Darwin shares his Entrepreneurial mindset and an inside glance at his journey to becoming a successful Entrepreneur.

Darwin is the Director and CEO of First Class Reels, a video production service that specializes in showcasing talents and skills. By using his creativity and expertise as an independent film director, Darwin writes, films, and edits reels for actors, performing artists, small businesses, and entrepreneurs.

Success Quote

  • ‘Make each project the best thing you have ever made.’ – click to tweet!

Business Failure

  • Darwin takes incredible pride in each project he takes on, so when one client came to him quite unhappy with the result, it was a crushing blow.

Entrepreneurial AH-HA Moment

  • Darwin saw the light – OUTSIDE of the box. Fire Nation, we need to always be striving to change our perspective, and a lot of that comes from who we choose to surround ourselves with.

Current Business

  • Darwin shares why he loves his industry and what he is focused on crushing in 2014!

Small Business Resource

  • Feedly: Organize, read and share what matters to you.

Best Business Book

Source: Entrepreneur On Fire Darwin Carlisle

Feel the Pulse


Immerse yourself in the world of your own artistry with a reel that echoes every vibrant pulse of your heart.  Feel this energy as it rushes through you, and express it to the world.

At its finest, your reel is a concise illumination of the artistic choices you make when everything goes right.  It is an artform subject to the strange and wondrous currents of life that shift because you grow, because you are always adding more material to your portfolio, and because you will send your reel to different kinds of people with conflicting opinions about what your reel should contain.  The format can in some cases be rigid and important to follow, but is often as malleable as your imagination can make it.

Your reel is a glimpse.  It is intended to be brief, and when successful should leave you wishing you had made it longer.  As you collect all the tapes, videos, DVDs, thoughts, ideas, and hopes that pertain to your reel, you should appreciate how vast a story they truly tell.  You, as an artist, are a creative individual with a past, a present, and a future, and contained within your plan for your reel lies the DNA for a small presentation of that future that clarifies where you are headed while leaving space for unending possibility and openness to collaboration.  Your job is to find that DNA and string it together properly.