Do you have the skills and ambition to become a filmmaker but face personal obstacles to doing so?

If so, now you can get coaching towards a filmmaking career from a professional filmmaker who is also a trained career coach. There has never been a better time to be an independent content creator. I know this because I am one, having directed, written, and produced cinematic creative content that has obtained distribution in over 80 countries on Apple iTunes Films, Google Play Movies, and Amazon Video.

While I continue to make my own movies, I coach others to make theirs. The ultimate goal of my coaching practice is to guide aspiring filmmakers toward the fulfillment of their artistic potential. And to do this, I combine my cinematic knowledge and artistry with professional career coaching in a way very few people can.

As a graduate student in Pastoral Counseling at what is now part of Yale Divinity School, I had the great privilege of studying with Dr. Martin Seligman of the University of Pennsylvania, the father of Positive Psychology, and graduating from his Authentic Happiness Coaching Program’s Master Class. In my coaching practice, I utilize Dr. Seligman’s groundbreaking training to help cinematic artists apply his Authentic Happiness principles to focus on their strengths and use them to develop their cinematic artistry.

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I can personally attest to the value of Seligman’s principles because using them was precisely how I developed my own literary and filmmaking career. In addition to being Director, Screenwriter, and Producer of movies, I have been Playwright of an Off-Broadway produced comedic stageplay, Author of a New York Times favorably reviewed personal finance book, and Columnist of many OpEd articles published in the Baltimore Sun and other newspapers. Additionally, I have been accepted for professional membership in the Writers Guild of America, the Dramatists Guild of America, the Authors Guild, the National Press Club, and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. All of these achievements came after I studied with Dr. Seligman.

I also bring to my coaching the teaching skills I developed as a professor before I became a full-time filmmaker. I have held academic appointments as Professorial Lecturer at Georgetown University and Practitioner Instructor at Johns Hopkins University and taught most recently at the University of Maryland, where I was a three time recipient of the business school’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Having been a professor brings to my coaching the additional skill of teaching, which is critical to an optimal coaching practice.

My coaching is not about technical skills. There are film schools for that. Instead, once you have acquired these “hard” skills, like a sports coach would do for an athlete, I will guide you in pursuit of your particular artistic goals. Successful pursuit of these goals will require not just technical skills, but also certain “soft” skills which are necessary to maintaining motivated focus.

No one can do any of this for you but I will drive you to push through your roadblocks.

I see clients on-line or in person at my office in the Arlington, Virginia suburb of Washington, DC. I look forward to helping you create your own cinematic artistry.

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