Chris Gore, Founder/Owner of FilmThreat/Author/Filmmaker: I hear these (to me) horror stories from friends that have gotten themselves in north of a hundred thousand dollars in debt from their education.
Film Courage: Is it a good idea to turn your passion into a business?
Chris: I think if you are starting a business that is not your passion that’s a mistake. Your business must be something you’re passionate about. Is it distributing documentaries? Is it a new streaming service? Is it a type of chocolate? Whatever it is, I don’t think a business can succeed unless you’re passionate about what it is and I think it’s important to have that mission statement in your head. I’m constantly altering it for Film Threat. I don’t know how you could even be successful in a business that you’re not passionate about but I also think it’s important to be sober minded…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
Chris Gore is a writer, comedian, author and television personality who has built a solid reputation as a hilariously outspoken voice in the entertainment world. As a teenager, Chris founded the brutally honest magazine Film Threat, which began as a fanzine while he was a college student in Detroit. As Film Threat evolved into a respected national magazine, he relocated to Los Angeles. The print magazine was retired in 1997 when it was re-launched as a web site. FilmThreat.com found a huge audience online and was named one of the top five movie web sites by the Wall Street Journal. Chris has appeared as a film expert on MSNBC, E!, CNN, Travel Channel, and Reelz Channel. Chis has also hosted shows on FX, Starz, IFC and G4TV’s Attack of the Show as the show’s film expert. His weekly movie review segment DVDuesday was among the most popular on G4. Chris is also an author, having written The 50 Greatest Movies Never Made and The Complete DVD Book. His book The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide is considered the bible of the industry and is required reading at film school.
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