The awesome new web series school Creator Up invited me to participate in their Google Hangout today with talent manager and producer Amit Samuel. During the hour long hang out, Samuel discussed three tips for creating a web series that will get you industry attention. They were pretty smart things to think about before you start out, so I wanted to share them with you.
Until recently, to become a star in Hollywood you either needed to be super hot, super connected, or super super lucky. Talent was in there somewhere, but it was by no means the deciding factor. Now, in the age of YouTube, there’s a new way to go from a nobody to Hollywood’s hottest commodity. Don’t get me wrong, there’s still a lot of luck involved and being ridiculously hot or connected is always going to help, but here’s a summary of Amit Samuel three tips:
#1 Make something deeply personal to you. Audiences, producers, directors, and agents aren’t going to seek you out if it’s something anyone could have made. The closer you are to the material, the more specific it will be and therefore the most interesting. Unlike TV, you don’t need to get 40,000,000 viewers. You only need 10,000-15,000 devoted fans who are also obsessed with your subject or relate to you. If you love cheese, make a web series about cheese and it will be infinitely better than if you made it about something you thought was more ‘relatable’.