A short while ago I had a chat with George Ohan and quickly realized that he has a tremendous amount of valuable experience and insights to share on his entrepreneur’s journey. (here’s where George shares a dark moment)
George Ohan is an accomplished film producer with a background in Marketing, Public Relations, and Communications. After serving in the U.S. Army he graduated from The Los Angeles Film School, George began his own video production company before moving to his current home in Puerto Rico. Now he works with aspiring indie entrepreneurs and helps them grow their business through online and social media.
Lots of folks want to make money in the film industry. How did you make it a reality?
I never saw myself as the Steven Spielberg artsy filmmaker type. Yes, I’m an artist. Yes, I’m a filmmaker. However, I’m a digital artist with an interest in business. As I created content I was always looking for a way to sell it or get paid before creating it. I turned that passion for getting people to respect my art with their wallet into a reality. I wasn’t afraid to put a price on my creations or my time. Get paid – don’t be the typical starving artist.
What was your biggest challenge getting started in your indie business?
Sales. As an indiepreneur we never stop to think about who will actually ask us for money to do this “thing” that we love to do…. The challenge for me has been to focus on many things at the same time. When someone says “FOCUS” most people imagine they should focus on one thing. I approach focus with a couple of dashes of TIME MANAGEMENT and then we’re cooking! I put my tasks in groups of what can be done”today” and I go 100% after the current tasks at hand. Everyday, one of the tasks is to ask people to hire me for my services.
So with all the things it takes to run an indie business – how do you do it all??
The way to do it all is to know that there is no Cavalry coming to save you. I can only do what is physically possible, the rest I trust to delegate to others. This business was my idea and my plan to become an entrepreneur. I must be intelligent enough to figure out how it works. I constantly seek advice, counsel, and mentorship from people that have done what I am trying to do. Nobody is obligated to help me. My willingness to help others is why people are willing to help me.
If you had one thing that you wished someone had told you early on, what would it be?
Losing is for losers. Do NOT have FEAR of success. I’m not a loser, so why would I ever doubt myself? As humans, we are built to win. We have more good times than bad times. We laugh more than we cry. So, why do we have a FEAR of failure? Why do we FEAR the unknown? If giving up your life’s biggest fear can give you your life’s deepest desire, could you let go of that fear?
How does a “typical day” look for you?
Wake up, Thank God for all of the things that I’ve been blessed with. Coffee. Read a book for 30 minutes. Social Media updates for 1 hour. Content blogging, video editing, meeting clients, shooting new video, creating new docs for my business, reviewing local tax laws, etc… Social Media 1 hour updates. 30 minutes of email follow ups with former contacts. There are variations for going to the beach, volunteering, and having fun too!
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Join me on this Indie Entrepreneur Hangout where we’ll get to ask George your top questions –