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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Pushing the Boulder Up the Hill: Getting That Dang Film Into Production

Girls can do anything!If you didn’t already know this, I’m back from directing my first feature film.  We wrapped July 1st, a little less than a month ago.  I’ve recovered enough to start blogging about the experience.

I had a spontaneous Q and A today and there were lots of questions. But, this was the biggie that overshadowed them all…  How did you get that dang film into production?

This is a particularly poignant question because it took so long for me to get a film into production.  I worked on Saturn Returns for 5 years before we rolled camera.  I worked on a feature project before this one for 5 years.  I worked on another one before that for three years.  So, it’s taken a lot to get here.

As you can guess, there are several answers to this question, but let’s just start with commitment.  A year ago I came to a new place of commitment.  Let me tell you what it looked like:  I was going to shoot Saturn Returns in June 2014 or I was going to walk away from the project and from being a filmmaker.  No joke.  I didn’t come to this from a place of being mad or fed-up or desperate.  This decision was passionate but very calm.  I simply realized that the amount of work I’d done, the capacity I had to keep doing that amount of work, the patience of my husband and my supporters, all of this had a shelf-life and I was near the end of it.

So, I decided to pull out all of the stops.  Now, many of you know me and know that I’m a very committed, hard-working person.  So, this was a whole new level of energy, time and work.  I worked pretty much every night and weekend for an entire year.  This is in addition to my coaching business and to being the mother of three year old twins.  (No, I don’t have live-in help and I have very little family support besides my husband.)  It meant that every trip to Mammoth I had as many meetings as I could and sacrificed R and R.  It meant I worked every day of Christmas break.

I don’t tell you this to impress you.  I’m just telling you what it took.

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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.