Most Difficult Lesson For First Time Filmmakers by Allison Powell

Hi, I’m Allison Powell and I’m an actor/filmmaker. Today I am going to be talking to you about one of the hardest lessons that I had to learn when I was starting out as a filmmaker/producer and that is something that I am still working on in daily life. It is the ability to admit that you don’t know how to do something and being vulnerable enough and confident enough to ask for help.

I always tell people now my three favorite words on a film set are “I…Don’t…Know.” Those three words can be incredibly hard to say especially when you are just starting out and you want people to think that you’ve got this, you’re smart, you’re confident, you know what you’re doing, they can trust you, they definitely should have hired you, you’re dependable. But in reality not everyone on a set can know everything. You can’t know how to do everything…that would just be insane.

I always tell people now my three favorite words on a film set are “I…Don’t…Know.” Those three words can be incredibly hard to say.

I started out pretending that I knew what something meant or what a piece of equipment was or I’d go away for 10 minutes and maybe try to do whatever they asked me to do or what I thought they’d ask me to do and then I would come back and just say “Yeah…it’s not working.” Or “I couldn’t find it.” Or “I can’t figure it out.” And for some reason I thought it was better to kind of…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).


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Allison’s motto is “Make it Happen.” Since moving to Los Angeles from North Carolina, Allison has been involved in projects as an actor, writer, director, producer, and resident tea drinker. Her short film “Black Widow: Origins” got rave reviews from Movie Pilot News and is toured the country with Geek Film Fest. Last February she completed her first feature, “Banging Lanie,” as producer/director/lead. She most recently worked on the romantic comedy “Fame-Ish” which was all filmed during a real anime convention. Allison is an avid runner and just completed her first 50 mile trail run.

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