Chris Jones offers up a few pointers on dealing with the Independent filmmaker’s monetary concern.
2. Ask in a different way
Pick up the phone, hand write a letter, do anything to avoid just sending an email. If you do need to send an email, make sure you include all your contact details (phone, email, website etc.). You would be amazed how few people have an email footer with their contact details. Do you? If you don’t go and fix this now. Nothing is more enraging than wanting to help but not being able to do so as the person can’t even be bothered to communicate professionally.
3. Make the offer clear and short
No-one has time to read lengthy communications, watch clips or browse your site. So keep it short and straight. When asking for help, set a little context (who you are and why you need help – and when I say a little, I mean a little, not some self aggrandising or begging opus). Then make the request and explain what you will do in return. Again, short and sweet. Thank them for their time and make it easy for them to come back to you, even if it is to say no. Because when people write back and say no, they are letting you know they care enough to respond – that door is still open for future possibilities, and now you have a relationship.
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