"It’s really important for you to find a
business partner," said Louie. If you're a director, this means one thing:
Find an excellent producer. "They will help you translate your art into
the commercial marketplace."
"Everyone who's had any lengthy career in film
has a partnership with a producer," added Harron.
But pairing with a producer is a complex, nuanced
process. "Finding the right producer is like finding a life partner,"
said Kushner. "You have to find the right fit. It's a long road to travel
with somebody. Find someone who brings something of value to your project, and
whom you trust."
Beyond producers, developing a long-term relationship with a casting
director can also prove immensely beneficial. "Pay attention to casting.
Develop relationship with people who can cast," said Stille. She harped on
the importance of being familiar with the business realm."You have
to read the trades, follow trends, network, do all the things you would do in any
business. Create spaces where people can find you."