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Build Community from Day One

During a recent panel at the 10th Anniversary of Docs in Progress, I encouraged filmmakers to begin building community or audience around their project from day one. Here are some reasons why:
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Who Do You Think You’re Talking To?

Admit it. There was that one time as a youth when you thought it was a good idea to stick your chest out a little and talk back to your mother.

Before you could even finish the foolishness that was coming out of your mouth, she asked sternly, in a way that only mothers can, “Who do you think you’re talking to?”

Those of us who wanted to be spared any repercussions from an incorrect answer either remained silent, uttered “no one,” under our breath, or mumbled a quick apology. Certainly we weren’t talking to our mother in that way.

Hopefully we learned from our erring ways.

But the question remains an important one. A precursor if you will.

If you’re trying to connect with an audience, be it to amplify a message or get to know them better or encourage them to take action, it is important to first ask: Who do you think you’re talking to? Then, if necessary, follow-up with: Who are (currently) you talking to?

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