Yesterday I told the story of how the successful film La La Land almost never got made. If you thought that post was to simply generate some Oscar buzz, you were mistaken (and you greatly over estimated the affect this blog has on award season).
The post was to highlight a few important things that we can learn from a Hollywood success story.
5 Lessons We Can Learn From Yesterday’s Story
1. Small Can Grow
La La Land went from a budget of $0 to $1 million to $30 million over the course of its life. It wasn’t easy, but the small guy can become a giant.
2. No Idea Is Too Odd
In a world with eight Fast and The Furious movies and three Expendables films (yes, I did just refer to that movie-explosion as a film), a jazz musical seems odd. But there is room for odd.
3. We Can Benefit From Working On Many Project
In the story I mention how writer-director Damien Chazelle was working on Whiplash while improving La La Land. That was a huge reason why La La Land came to li li life. Chazelle knew not to put all his eg eg eggs in one basket.
4. Take Advice But Don’t Compromise
As long as Chazelle and Justin Hurwitz were in charge, they were going to make the version of La La Land that they had always wanted. They would let their movie be picked apart and improved, but never compromised.
5. There Are Examples Like This Everywhere
There are examples everywhere of things just like this. All we have to do is look for them. Who knows, the next example I write about could be you.