Every Artist Must Learn How To Quit – Pete Chatmon

Pete Chatmon, Director/Podcaster/AuthorI hated that job because I probably made 50-to-100 phone calls a day, but when it came time five years later to raise money for my film…

Film Courage: Pete, the first chapter of your book TRANSITIONS: A Director’s Journey and Motivational Handbook by Pete Chatmon starts with how to quit. What is this and why is that important to start the book?  

Pete: One of the things that I wanted to keep in mind with the book was that I don’t want to be prescriptive in saying This is the way you have to do it and I also didn’t want to be overwhelming to the reader in a sense of You’ve got to figure out, you’ve got to know what you want to do, every nook and cranny of your career needs to be decided and then just attack it because I know that it can take people various amounts of time to figure out what their voice might, be what their sensibility might be, what their appetite for whatever different position you might seek in the industry requires of you. I wanted to in the beginning speak about curiosity and how much of a benefit or a plus it is to have that because if you’re not curious I think you start to become a little too cemented in what you think works and does not work and it’s constantly evolving…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

 
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BIO:

With a deft ability to balance both half-hour single camera comedies and one-hour dramas, Pete Chatmon has directed over 50 episodes of television including HBO Max’s The Flight Attendant, Insecure, Silicon Valley, and Love Life, Netflix’s You, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and Black-ish, Starz’ Blindspotting, FX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and the Apple TV+ series Mythic Quest. He is in development on The Education of Matt Barnes with Showtime, for which he will direct the pilot and serve as executive producer and is currently co-executive producer and producing director on Reasonable Doubt, the first project to be produced via Hulu’s Onyx Collective. His debut feature as writer/director, Premium, starred Dorian Missick, Zoe Saldana, and Hill Harper, and premiered on Showtime after a limited theatrical run. Chatmon also wrote, produced, and directed 761st, a documentary on the first Black tank battalion in WWII, narrated by Andre Braugher. Through TheDirector, his Digital Studio, he has directed, shot, and edited content for advertising agencies and Fortune 500 brands. Chatmon’s career began in 2001 with the Sundance selection of his NYU thesis film, 3D, starring Kerry Washington. His most recent short film, BlackCard, premiered on HBO, and his narrative podcast, Wednesday Morning, engaged voters around the 2020 election. His podcast, Let’s Shoot! with Pete Chatmon is available on YouTube, iTunes, and all podcast platforms. In January 2022 his book, Transitions: A Director’s Journey + Motivational Handbook was released by Michael Wiese Productions.  

   

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