Film Career Guidance with Sarah Hawkins

 

My comfy, safe bubble burst once I finished my MFA in screenwriting. All I could think about after graduation was what’s next? In school my cohort had the plan of staying a tight community that was full of support and yearly writing sessions where we would meet up, write our hearts out and catch the eye of someone who was willing to fund our project. But, it seems as if life has interrupted our plans and writing has become this solo task that we are navigating through without a guide.

I do believe there is support and a community for women filmmakers but you can only pick someone’s brain but so much because just like you they are trying to figure out “the way” for themselves. So I jumped at the opportunity after interviewing Sarah on our podcast to try one of her services (FYI I paid, I don’t believe in the hook up) Film Career Guidance.

Prior to talking to Sarah my goals were:

  • To gain clarity personally as a creative filmmaker
  • Clarity on the direction with The Creative Outsiders
  • Action steps so I can leave my 9 to 5
  • Assessment of what was working and what wasn’t

What to expect?

  • Sarah will contact you via email after receiving the confirmation of the appointment. She will ask you for clarity on what you want to discuss in particular during the session (so she can prepare for the call).
    • Note, be honest with what you need or your uncertainty. I personally rambled a bit on my response back to her. Remember you can’t get real help if you aren’t really honest!
  • Our Call was 1 hour as promised and it was full of information. I suggest that you take your own personal notes during the call because she covers a lot of information. She gave me practical advice but also plenty of resources I wasn’t aware of and an honest assessment of my strengths. She also encouraged me to OWN my strengths.
    • Note, it’s easy to start to feel overwhelmed during the session because it’s so much information but just take a breather and one step at a time.
  • Once the session is over she does follow up with any information she promised she would provide along with a recap. My notes were a lot more extensive (but I’m a super note taker).

Overall, this was a great experience and I no longer felt like I was in the dark with the direction I needed to go. I recommend that you utilize this service if you are uncertain with your filmmaking career. Click HERE if you are interested 🙂

Shivawn Hill, is a writer, director and a storyteller at heart. She’s currently in post production with her short documentary film. She believes that one day soon she’ll form the ultimate group of Storytellers who will travel the world to share the stories of creative peculiar people.