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272 - How To Be An Adaptive Filmmaker - (Industry Insights)

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MAKE IT Podcast, Nicholas Buggs

Nick explores and expounds on the wisdom of actor Joshua Noble. If change is a constant, it's not about who we are but who we are willing to become.


"If you just bang your head against the wall doing what you should do and not diversifying your approach, you're gonna get really good at the audition period and not at the craft."


- Joshua Noble


 

About Joshua Noble


Joshua Noble is a writer, actor, and producer based in Los Angeles, California. In addition to his work on stage and screen, he is a founding producer of The American Playbook, a series of conversations and new works highlighting historically underrepresented voices, and has hosted the series ACTIONS FOR POSITIVE CHANGE, an ongoing virtual series exploring specific ways to amplify diversity and inclusion in screenwriting. Joshua is a writer-at-large for WeScreenplay and TheatreArtLife, Director of the National Winter Artists Retreat, and podcast producer for Two-Person Book Club. He received an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.

 

Listener Reflections


  • Take a moment to think about your skill set. Now, name the different filmmaking roles you believe you'd be qualified for.


  • If you only chose one role above, what new skills do you need to learn to ensure that you can diversify if needed?


 

Actionable Advice


Change your thinking.


Untether yourself from the way things are and from the way things have always been. Instead, embrace what could be by considering what you could become if only you set your mind to it. This mindset invites learning and growth through which options and opportunities expand.

Take risks.


Taking risks demonstrates a willingness to escape your comfort zone to try something new and untested. It challenges complacency and keeps you from standing still. To this day, the old adage remains true: Without risk, there can be no reward.

Encourage others to be open-minded as well.


In doing so, you reaffirm your commitment to adaption while inviting others to be part of your journey. The more people you have in your circle who share this sentiment, the greater your chances of sticking your guns.

Embrace learning as the bridge to becoming.


It is an immersive process that requires us to seek out knowledge, understand new concepts, and apply all that we discover. The process of learning is adaptive in itself as it forces us to consider and embrace something new. We are forever changed in the process of learning because what is learned can't be unlearned.


 

Continued Learning


Bruce Lee’s daughter illuminates her father’s most powerful life philosophies - demonstrating how martial arts are a perfect metaphor for personal growth, and how we can practice those teachings every day.


"Empty your mind; be formless, shapeless like water."




From the best-selling author of Subliminal and The Drunkard's Walk, a groundbreaking new look at the neuroscience of change - and how elastic thinking can help us thrive in a world changing faster than ever before.




 

About Nick


Nicholas Buggs is a filmmaker, advisor, content creator, author, and advocate of the filmmaking community. As co-host of the MAKE IT podcast and co-founder of Bonsai Creative, Nick works alongside his co-host and co-founder Christopher Barkley to produce multi-media educational and inspirational content. Nick is a firm believer in harnessing the collective power of the community to give each of its members a better chance at success.


 

This and all other episodes of the MAKE IT podcast are brought to you in partnership with Women in Film and Television as part of the Voice of the Filmmaker Program. Please help us keep the conversation going.


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