I recently launched an interview series called Lipps On Life (http://www.LippsOnLife.com), which features conversations with extraordinary people who are living their dreams. One of my favorite parts of each interview is hearing the advice of such successful people from a variety of backgrounds.
I've started a section of the website called #TakeAways where I keep a written record of each guests' advice, and I'm sharing it with you on Mogul!
This week's #TakeAways is by Jeff L. Lieberman, Director of The Amazing Nina Simone documentary. During our conversation, Jeff and I spoke about his first film, Re-Emerging: the Jews of Nigeria. That part of our discussion isn't included in his interview only because there wasn't enough time to add everything. In it, Jeff shared a strategy that he used as a new filmmaker that I loved so much I had to share:
"As young filmmaker, I reached out to a lot of editors that I really respected and admired based on documentaries that I’d recently seen. I said, "I’d love for you to work on this. I have no budget but tell me what you think.” One editor wrote back that it was impossible to take on unpaid or low paid work. In response, I asked if she would consider looking at my cut and giving me feedback and then I’d pay for her time. She said yes!
I knew how to push the buttons for editing but I needed someone else’s smarts to come in and say: this is not working, this is extraneous, this is boring, this is perfect, this should come earlier. We went through the process about 3-4 times and I was so indebted to her. She could look at my piece and give me all of this know-how that really made the film so much better. Instead of paying for 100 hours of her time, I paid for 10, which was affordable and made the film possible."
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