Billy Bob Thornton was an actor who was frustrated with the film industry. And as most actors do, they make the film that they want to star in. From this frustration, he started to create the character of Karl. He worked the character into a one man show, Swine Before Pearls. After performing this one man show, he raised money to make a short film called Some Folks Call It A Sling Blade.
Thornton got a role on the CBS Sitcom Hearts Afire with John Ritter. He made the finishing touches on the Oscar Winning script while sitting at this mother’s dining table. While taking this movie and shopping it around Hollywood. His feature link film version “Sling Blade” was filmed in 24 days in Benton, Arkansas and it brought in $24 Million dollars after having a $1 million dollar budget. The distribution rights were sold for another $10 million.
This film went from MONOLOGUE to ONE MAN SHOW to SHORT FILM to FULL LENGTH FILM and won the Academy Award for Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay.
TikTok is the latest craze for people who make videos. Everyone’s camera is getting more and more advanced and people are sharing their creativity in many different ways. From dance, to tips, to advice, to voice lessons, TikTok is your new short form video powerhouse where you can instantly create content. And people are creating more content than ever before. The old saying goes, “A million monkeys with a million typewriters can eventually type the works of William Shakespeare” and that theory is being put to the test with the new short form video creators.
TikTok pays it’s creators. It’s called The Creator Fund. It actually pays you for making great content, and you don’t know what is going to blow up, so might as well create for an audience that you love. Who is your audience and what are you trying to tell them. What would you say to the person who could change your life if you have 15 seconds to do it? Which one of these people are going to send the elevator back up and change your world.
Here are just some of the models that could be used:
An actor who wants to get a role in a movie could record monologues daily and have those monologues get audience feedback to work on his cold reading and interpretation skills. He could follow casting agents and get his face out there in hopes of getting an audition for a role in a film. The more followers he builds the more marketable he is to the general public.
A filmmaker gets film ideas and makes a 15 second version on TikTok. The idea that sticks can use the sling blade model and go from 15 second idea to short film and that short film can be shopped to make a feature film.
A musician can write a lyric with music that he might use in a song later. Pose a question to the audience and get ideas for a song. Build the song into an album and have a readily available audience to buy his music.
There are a million versions of this, but the mad libs version of this would be:
The (Creative Type) who wants (Goal) can do (Small thing) to (Medium Thing) so that he can get (Ideal Goal)
Just some thoughts, but I would say if you’re not making content, no one knows you exist and if you can take steps to change that, it’s a great way to build your brand and achieve your dreams.
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