Why Shawn Tolleson & Strategy Coaching™…

 

You don’t really know what it is.  (You have an idea, but it is far from specific.)In my experience as an entertainment career coach, there are four reasons why you as an artist and entertainment industry professional don’t accomplish your goal…

You know what your goal is, but you don’t know what to do to accomplish it.

You know what to do, but you don’t do it.

You know what to do and you do it, but you don’t do it powerfully and effectively.

At Strategy Coaching™ we work with you to conquer all four challenges.

Whether you’re a mid-career professional who’s achieved success but wants to go higher and further, new to the business and committed to avoiding floundering around like so many people do, or a an entertainment veteran who wants to reinvigorate your career, we have a program for you.

Clear vision + strong plan + passionate team + powerful execution + overcoming obstacles = UNSTOPPABLE

To read more about Shawn, the premiere entertainment career coach for industry professionals of all disciplines and your coaching options, click here.

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Lose the Battle, Win the War: What that Really Means When it Comes to Directing

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Some of you have heard me talk about an amazing experience I was blessed to be a part of early my career.  I was a field producer for a BBC documentary on success and failure in Hollywood.  As part of an interview team of four people I participated in over 70 interviews with some of the most successful people in Hollywood.  From Kathleen Kennedy to Doug Wick after he’d won the Oscar for Gladiator to Akiva Goldsman who’d just won an Oscar for A Beautiful Mind to Pierce Brosnan at his house.  It was like the best grad program in movie-making ever created.

We interviewed many, many producers and, as you’d guess, they all had lots to say about directors.  I heard more than one producer talk about directors who approach filmmaking like it’s an “act of war.”  As a young director who’d spent most of my career in the theatre at that point, I found this analogy really intriguing.  It’s not like the theatre was always touchy/feely, but I would never have called directing theatre an act of war. 

So, it was ironic to find myself using war metaphors when it came to directing Saturn Returns.  The emotional, physical and mental challenges of directing a low budget feature in a small town 350 miles away from Los Angeles are immense.  The analogy of being a general in war in which there were many battles felt spot on.

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FREE LIVE CLASS: The 5 Keys to Success in Hollywood (and how they apply to your dream career)

When I was early in my career I had the good fortune to be hired as a field producer on a BBC documentary about success and failure in Hollywood. As part of that team, I participated in 70+ interviews with some of the most accomplished people in Hollywood. We interviewed Kathleen Kennedy, Doug Wick after he'd won the Oscar for Gladiator, Akiva Goldsman after he'd won an Oscar for A Beautiful Mind, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Mace Neufeld, Kathy Konrad, McG, John Logan, Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen about American Beauty, Laura Ziskin, Bill Mechanic about heading up Fox when James Cameron was doing Titanic, Pierce Brosnan at his house, and dozens more. It was like being a part of the best master class in the best grad program ever created. I do not exaggerate. In the 300+ hours of interviews I participated in I kept hearing the same things over and over. It turns out that while the path is different for everyone, the keys to success are the same. These keys form the basis for my FREE class The 5 Keys to Success in Hollywood (and how they apply to your dream career!) I'm only doing a handful of these classes live before the end of the year, so grab your spot now!  

 

Saturday, September 27th, 11am to 1pm PT in Los Angeles

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Wednesday, October 1st, 7pm to 9pm PT

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THRIVE is an online and telephone-based membership program designed to support you as you work to take your career to the next level. It's like the gym or fitness club for your career!  Try out your first month of THRIVE for $7!  Click here to learn more.