Master Classes are in-depth, interactive learning experiences focused on craft and career-building and led by renowned industry experts. Topics include fiction and documentary filmmaking, TV writing and production, and navigating and succeeding in the entertainment industry.
Understanding the basic elements and essential steps for launching a creative business is key to securing the financial well-being of every artists’ career and the stability of your current and future projects. Join educator and artist Amy Smith as she unveils the best entrepreneurial practices and tips that will prepare you to launch and maintain a successful creative business. This session is useful for filmmakers and artists regardless of discipline and career stage.
Topics covered include:
00:00 - Welcome and introduction from Sundance Collab
02:40 - Introduction from Amy Smith
09:46 - Building your team, working with collaborators
15:18 - Employees vs. independent contractors
23:31 - Q&A
36:11 - Business entity types
46:56 - Business entity decision/inflection
50:49 - Tax implications of entity types
1:03:56 - Q&A
1:28:50 - Business planning for creatives
1:45:33 - Financial management skills
1:54:45 - Q&A
2:10:26 - Valuing your time
2:21:51 - Q&A
2:38:51 - Final Announcements
Past classes have included Academy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams on Documentary Storytelling, Finding Dory’s Victoria Strouse on Comedy Writing, Emmy-nominated director Lesli Linka Glatter on Blocking a Scene, The Walking Dead’s Glen Mazzara on TV Writing, and more.