#9 Alex Ferrari: Filmmaker, Entrepreneur & Author on Following your Dreams Without Being an Idiot

Alex Ferrari is an American film writer, producer and director. He is notable for his online independent film education website Indie Film Hustle and has a background in post-production.

Alex began his career as an editor and quickly moved up the ranks as a colorist, post production and visual effects supervisor. Coming from a visual effects/post production background, this versatile director combines his passion for storytelling and visual effects experience with a unique visual style.

Alex exploded onto the indie film scene with his award winning short film Broken (2005). The film went on to screen at over 160 international festivals and has been reviewed by over 250 news outlets world-wide including famed film critic Roger Ebert. 

"Broken is essentially a demonstration of the mastery of horror imagery and techniques." - Roger Ebert.

And the list goes on...

 

He is also the author of the "Shooting for the Mob" Book

 

Our favourite conversations & takeaways from the W2S episode with Alex Ferrari:

 

  • [2:40] - Also dedicate most of my day to help other film makers, screen writers, creators, content creators surviving and thrive the business of film making... I am here to help, I don't know everything... I've been doing this for 25 years... I like to tell the true, the brutal true of what this business is like... Always follow your dreams, but don't be an idiot!...

 

  • [3:05] - Years ago, what's there a moment where you felt in love with filming? you said this is what I wanna be doing for the rest of my life... When I graduated High School, I didn't know what to do with my life...

 

  • [4:32] - What are the parallel in your opinion between film and business, and being a film maker and an entrepreneur?...

 

  • [9: 01] - Listening every podcast, reading every book, taking courses, just learning everything I could about internet marketing, about product creation... I launched quick, I launched with a fury  and within a month my traffic was insane...

 

  • [9:57]  - They were very curious about how the hell I did it so quickly. Then, a couple of  months later, I launched a podcast... And within three months of the launch, it was the number one filmaking podcast in Itunes. And then it turned into the number one screenwriter podcast and then the number one cinematography podcast... I understood my nitch so well...

 

  • [11:43] -  The film nitch and film makers are the most exploited... Cynical exploited nitch in history... How is that you can connect to film makers? Grand majority of people that are constantly struggling every single day... Your best piece of advice?

 

  • [15:06] - You have to plan for what is in front of you right now... I love doing what I am doing and there is a lot of work...

 

  • [16:13] - How is that you have figured out a way to make money from a population that is historically broke?...

 

  • [18:07] - Books are extremely important part of my journey at least...

 

  • [20:05] - Is there any habits that you took out of them (top 3 books)... Habits that you as an entrepreneur have helped you to develop your business?... Meditation... All the high peak performance guys (entrepreneurs) do meditate... It brings a focus into your life, a calmness into your life... It taps you into something you really can't explain... It dissipates anger, it dissipates stress... The other bigger habit.. is to show up everyday!...

 

  • [26:02] - I have a library of almost 300 episodes on the podcast already in 3 years, that's insane... I have probably over 1,000 pieces of content...

 

  • [26:09] - What can you tell someone has been putting hours and hours and hours, but still hasn't had any breakthrough?...

 

  • [32:06] - ... Yes, there are always failures behind us... my friend and there are multiple other ones I can talk about...

 

  • [32:42] - What would be your "Words 2 Success"?

 

  • [34:52] - Understand something: I will outwork you,  I will outwork you in ways you can't even understand right now and that's the difference. I may not be the smartest man in the room, I may not be the richest, or the wiser, but I will outwork you... And that's is something I look for in anyone I work with. Someone who wants to hustle...

 

SOME TOP RECOMMENDED BOOKS READ BY ALEX FERRARI:

 

  1. Crush It. Author: Gary Vaynerchuk
  2. The 4-Hour Workweek. Author: Timothy Ferriss
  3. Autobiography of a Yogi. Author: Paramahansa Yogananda

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT ALEX FERRARI:

 

Websites:

Alex Ferrari

Alex Ferrari IMDb

Indie Film Hustle

Podcast

Social Media:

Instagram

Twitter

 

 

 

 

-- Founder & Host of the "Words 2 Success" Show -- , Juan Grey

Juan Grey is a Canadian Actor, Writer, Producer and young Entrepreneur from Montreal, Canada. For as long as he can remember, the entertainment industry has been at the forefront of his mind. However, before he took the plunge, he pursued a soccer career, quickly earning his reputation as a high-level athlete. After sustaining several injuries, he did some soul searching and ultimately decided to become an actor. Since that pivotal moment, he has shared the stage and screen with various renowned names in the industry.

Juan performed in Teesri Duniya Theatre's production of Refugee Hotel, was in ID Discovery's series, Outlaw Tech, and has appeared in an episode of CBC's dramatic series, Bellevue, starring Anna Paquin, as well as in the Canadian Screen Award winning series, 19-2. Most recently, Juan can be seen in the new SYFY series "Deadly Class" by The Russo Brothers.

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