How To Be A Leader On A Movie Set by Rachel K. Ofori

Film Courage: Something that keeps coming up in our interview today is people skills and working with people and it sounds like you’ve worked on yourself, you’ve read a lot. I know you’ve said in prior interview that some books on leadership are more important than actual film books? I find this interesting. Most people do the opposite.

Rachel K. Ofori, Producer: We’re in the business of people. This is a team sport. I’ll say with football, it is a team sport, even with Tom Brady. He needs these receivers, he needs a college spread offense. He needs whatever he needs to make this happen. So with film you are dealing with people. I don’t care if you are the most brilliant savant in the world, at some point you’re going to have to deal with people. So for that reason, anyone in the industry especially producers, especially writers because you need to be able to convey your thoughts and ideas and not just hold it in here and only do it on paper. You have to be able to talk to someone. Just working on your people skills in a way that is practical. Reading, going to conference, hearing things, listening to audio, things like that. 

I read leadership books far more than I read entertainment books or film books or screenwriting books.

The reason is I can of course become a better writer or better producer or better filmmaker by learning the X’s and O’s (just like in football). But how am I going to get this team to operate right? Or how am I going to get myself to operate within this team correctly? That’s a people skill. So if you build that…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here). 

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