Meeting your Heroes – Celebrity CEO Episode 007

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Meeting your Heroes – Celebrity CEO Episode 007

- I'm the executive producer of a show called Unscripted, with Beth and Greer. And basically what it is, is we're interviewing a lot of people that work in the entertainment business, but we do have a little bit of a twist to the show. So, we were very fortunate that our first episode was with John Travolta. ♪ I've been going 'round the world ♪ ♪ And I've been looking for revival ♪ ♪ 'Cause what I see it's critical ♪ ♪ For all of our survival ♪ ♪ People turnin' on each other ♪ ♪ Love is put on a shelf ♪ ♪ To be a part of something ♪ ♪ That could bring about some benefit ♪

- Hey everybody, I'm Greer.

- And I'm Beth.

- And today, we are so excited to sit down with John Travolta!

- Thank you.

- Working with John Travolta was awesome. I'm a big fan of his work. I really love, he's able to take a character and really develop that character.

- I decided after reading it that he's a man-child, but he gets away with more than you would allow any man to get away with. So, I had to put him on a spectrum of some sort.

- We're actually both from Jersey. Most people don't know that, but I think it was Englewood he grew up in. I grew up in Bloomfield. So, obviously, when I had the opportunity to work with John, my whole family was all excited, because in our community they all followed him from early on. So, it was quite exciting. What I liked about what John said, was you should get out and meet your heroes, you should get out and meet the people that you appreciate, because sometimes, they're even bigger than what you thought they were. Some of these celebrities that you follow, you really should meet them in person and really get a sense of who they truly are.

- There's always a chance, you think it's around a bad day too, but usually the great ones are great for a reason. So, the Cobb Film Festival was great. We had an awesome turnout. I actually spoke on film financing, film distribution, so I had a panel discussion out there, which was really cool. I think to your point, no matter how much you plan, there's always gonna be something that happens on set. It just happens. My panel specifically spoke about film financing and distribution, and one of the biggest things that filmmakers have trouble with, is financing their movies. And they need to come up with creative forms of financing. One way that someone could creatively finance their film today, people don't think of product placement, I've built a company off of product placement, product integration, but if you're just getting started out as a filmmaker, go to your community, go to that coffee shop that you're visiting frequently and saying, "Hey listen, "I'm filming this project. "You know, is it cool "if I can get you guys involved?" And while you're on the subject, see if they'll give you some moneys. Say, "Hey listen, "you know, I'd love to show your logo, "give you a little bit of exposure "in exchange for fill in the blank, "x amount of dollars." Start raising money that way. It's a little bit of a stretch, not everybody's a salesperson, but if you wanna get your project up and running, you're gonna do whatever it takes, right? So, how you guys enjoying camp so far, good? So, the kids camp was great. This is a bunch of younger kids and students that are trying to figure out what they wanna do in life. So, they bring in professionals from different professions to talk about what they do as a job and I would have to say, I probably had the most exciting one there. I think I was the only one that worked in the entertainment business, so it was cool. And I love helping out the youth, and especially, helping guide kids to their profession or to try to find out what they truly love doing in life, because unfortunately, I never had that growing up. So, for me to give back, means so much. To be that mentor, if you will, to help give them practical advice and a little bit of a roadmap to kinda navigate. And the way to get to that, is you gotta work hard in anything that you do. There's no overnight success. You've gotta put the work in. They say, when you're an actor, you gotta get your acting chops up, right, or if you're a director, you need to be producing content, right. You gotta put the work in, and if you wake up and you hustle every single day, you're gonna get that much closer to your dream and your success. Because a lot of these kids, they just don't have the mentors or the parents in their life to help them figure that out. So, if I can be that light, that's something I truly enjoy.
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