When Does A Producer Quit Their Day Job? — Rachel K. Ofori

Film Courage: When should a producer quit their job? Whatever their day job is (or night job) to focus on being a film producer, when do you feel like this is a safe transition?

Rachel K. Ofori, Producer/Writer: It’s really hard to be safe when you are transitioning from something of structure or stability to being a producer. Unless you are going (you’ve got a job), you were hired at a studio or something like that, it’s a hard thing. But if you’re coming from the independent world and you are like I’m am about to venture out and just do this. It’s really hard to establish a safe thing.

I think wisdom is the most important thing, wisdom within a place that could be very dangerous. For one, whatever your profession is or whatever you are making your money in, see if you can continue making that money while still doing it and if you say I can’t, find out why. Is it a money problem? A time problem? Is it a capacity problem? Because it’s going to look so green on this side of like I get to live out my dreams!

I even work with somebody right now where they are like I just can’t wait until I can quit my job. And I’m like Yes, but then this that seems so perfect (even when they come to set and we’re stressed) they are like This is great. But when this is your thing and everything is dependent on it that stress is something that you are going to experience higher than your job…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

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