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Blockbuster - Introduction

Blockbuster - Introduction
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Craftsman Creative | BLOCKBUSTER - Introduction
A show that helps creative entrepreneurs and business owners build and grow their businesses using proven principles and frameworks so they can survive the present and thrive in the future.

Creators are my people. I’ve spent my entire 17+ year career working with creators, artists, filmmakers, musicians, and entrepreneurs. People who create art, who cultivate ideas, and share them with the world in order to make it a better place to live in.

I write this during the rise of AI in 2023. ChatGPT is all the rage, writers and creators are losing their jobs as apps and bots and LLMs replace them on a scale we’ve never seen before, and there’s turmoil in creative industries from marketing to Hollywood.

The Writers Guild of America has been on strike for six weeks now, and the Screen Actors Guild is ready to join in if they can’t come to terms with the AMPTP and the studios by the end of this month.

It’s messed up.

I’m staunchly independent - both politically and when it comes to my creative pursuits. I like having control, deciding who to work with, how much I charge, and how the project pans out in the end by maintaining as much of the decision-making power as possible.

My creative businesses run on email, rather than social media networks and their algorithms. The movies I produce are independent so the creative vision is maintained from script to screen.

This independence may never make me a billionaire - but who gives a crap?

I’m in the lifestyle business - I want financial freedom (which doesn’t require 8 or 9 zeros), freedom over my time, freedom to choose what projects and people I work on and with, and a life:work balance that’s in that order - life first, work second.

I’ve found out how to create those conditions for myself, and I want that for you as well. I want more creators thriving, succeeding, and leaving a positive impact on the world around you.

Over my career I’ve been a performer (jazz saxophone, if you’re curious), a sound engineer working with bands like Neon Trees, Imagine Dragons, and more; a post-production sound editor and designer working on independent films and projects for the BBC, ITV Global, BYUtv, CBS sports, and a dozen fortune-100 companies. But my current passion is working as a film producer. I produced 4 seasons of the #1 rated TV show on BYUtv, Relative Race (go team green!), and then left that gig to produce feature films.

The first was Amy Redford’s, What Comes Around, written by Scott Organ and starring Grace Van Dien, Summer Phoenix, Kyle Gallner, and Jesse Garcia. It premiered at the TIFF film festival in 2022 and was purchased by IFC Films.

The other two I’ve produced in 2022 - Give Me Your Eyes, and The Carpenter, the latter filmed in Cape Town, South Africa - showed me that this definitely is the work I want to devote my life to for the foreseeable future.

In 2020 I started a coaching and consulting business for creators called Craftsman Creative, and in 2022 wrote the book by the same name, helping creative entrepreneurs build six-figure businesses. I’ve been working with thousands of creators through my consulting, my community, as well as my book, newsletter, and podcast.

The greatest reward from all of it is hearing that someone got my book, applied what they learned, and got the results they desired and had been working so hard for. That’s what drives me and is the impact that I seek to have by doing this work outside of my full-time film producing.

Why this book right now?

This book is different.

It’s an extension of that first book in some ways, but it also has a different goal - and a different audience - in mind.

I’m talking about the creators who want to have a bigger impact on the world. Who want to - or who have already - built businesses, with everything that entails: employees, equipment, overhead, clients, and the like.

These business owners have been in the trenches for longer. The stakes are higher. The impact they desire is greater.

But they are currently trapped by their businesses. They work 6 days a week, 60 hours or more, before, during, and after “working hours”.

They’re trapped in the day-to-day of the business. They’re doing the technical or artistic work of directing, filming, editing, writing, designing, or consulting.

They are shackled by the golden handcuffs of the high-paying clients who aren’t the people they desire to serve, but who pay the bills and keep the lights on.

They don’t have time to think about the business and identify the constraints, see what to change, see how to improve it. Their relationships are strained, they’re stressed and overworked, and they don’t see an end to any of it.

If any of that resonates, I’m glad we found each other. There are answers, there are solutions, and there’s a better world on the other side of a little bit of work on your business that I’ll outline in these pages.

This book is a blueprint, not just a collection of ideas. You’ll identify where you are now, where you want to be, and design a path to get there that’s personalized to you and your business.

There’s something that happens when you implement everything we cover in this book. Like flicking on a light switch, not only is everything illuminated, but you can see the way forward and have the ability to navigate the journey ahead of you.

On the other side is a profitable, oversubscribed, lifestyle business. One that pays you well, even if you take a month - or dare I say two months off. One where you are doing the work you love, not just the work that pays.

My promise to you

Your business will be changed forever. You’ll finally have the profit you need to invest in growing your team, new equipment, expansion, acquisition, and more. You’ll finally be able to have the impact you want to have on the world.

In order to have the massive impact, you need a highly profitable and popular business. Without that profit, there’s no impact.

This book will help you build the business that allows you to have the massive impact you want to have on the world.

But it doesn’t happen on its own. No one got a call to come in and fix your business for free because you bought or read this book.

It does rely on you, but the promise here and now is that you can do it. It will be hard at times. It will seem impossible. But I promise it’s worth it, and you can do it.

I’ve worked personally with hundreds of creative business owners, and with thousands through my writing, speaking, and short interactions online.

The blueprint laid out in this book works, if you work it.

Don’t be the one who sets this book down now and never returns. Read the next chapter, and the next, and the next. Then do the work. Your business changes through your implementation not just gathering more information.

Commit to doing the work and I promise you can build your very own Blockbuster business - highly profitable, and massively impactful.


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