We had the good fortune of connecting with Josh Mills and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Josh, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Working in entertainment, you often strive to align yourself with projects that resonate with your personality or goals. Whether it’s a comedy, drama, bio pic or historical fiction, environmental or even political. The list goes on. When you’re an independent contractor or work for a studio, there’s little, if any creative freedom with the opportunities that are made available. You go where the work is. Starting your own company isn’t easy. Especially in film and TV production. You’re faced with high risks, that hopefully produce high rewards. That being said, if you can accomplish a good reputation and a nice client base, you can stay busy with high quality productions while at the same time, developing your own internal library of inspiring projects.
What should our readers know about your business?
In the sales world, many are familiar with the term, “you eat what you kill”…well… that translates well into independent film and TV production. When you’re not bidding for the ‘scraps’ that fall from the table of blue chip advertising companies, you’re aggressively trying to expand your network in search of the next funded project that needs a good crew. This was a contributing factor for launching our own production company with the ability to raise financing “in house”. By putting together a team of both finance and creative partners, we were able to package our projects internally, then raise the funds needed to get them produced. This has its’ own challenges, but even through the bumps and bruises, we’ve been in business since October of 2008. Twelve years! The average indy production company lasts 36 months.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Actually, I’d take them over to Fort Worth, to the Clear Fork area. There is a great cafe by the Trinity river trial called Press Cafe. Great food and craft cocktails. Then I’d head down the street to the French bistro called Rise Soufflé. There’s actually a location in Dallas off Lover’s, but the ambiance at this location is better and it’s less crowded. Of course finish off the evening with some live music. Fort Worth has gown over the years, creating a hotspot for local musicians and traveling bands.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
When I was a PA and production coordinator for Warner Brothers reality division , Telepictures in New York,,,I was extremely “green” in the industry. I had the pleasure of working under a Post production Supervisor Heath Newman who was a great mentor that year. He was not only patient, but he took the time to “teach me the ropes” and actually delegate reading assignments and homework, which helped me understand and appreciate the scope of work. He lives with his family in Connecticut now, and still works in post production.
Photos taken by: Desert Wind Films