Where does the money come from?

A couple of weeks ago I shared an Indiewire article on this blog, which asked 2016 SXSW filmmakers how they paid their bills. And yesterday I shared Joe Swanberg's excellent keynote on how he's not only paid his bills but managed to finance numerous features (including seven in one year!)

I think it's important to talk about the money side of things, to share honest information information about how to really make a career as a filmmaker sustainable—because for a lot of people, that can be the biggest obstacle.

And here's why it's important to be honest about where the money comes from:

"In my opinion, we do an enormous “let them eat cake” disservice to our community when we obfuscate the circumstances that help us write, publish and in some way succeed... I do have a huge advantage over the writer who is living paycheck to paycheck, or lonely and isolated, or dealing with a medical condition, or working a full-time job."

This is from an excellent article by writer Ann Bauer on Salon, titled “Sponsored” by my husband: Why it’s a problem that writers never talk about where their money comes from. The full article is recommended reading.