List Building and the Hollywood Movie

The head of a movie company sits down with his or her executives and discusses potential movie deals that have optioned. They make a list of the prospects and then reduce the selection to a few they really feel have potential.

The executives take that list and begin exploring ideas with creative staff and casting directors. The most promising films go into development with screen tests, costume and production and the film moves forward.

The day comes when filming begins and a day when the filming ends.

At that point the stars remain available for callbacks while the producer, director and editors begin the tedious work of capturing all the pieces and putting them together with effects and sound.

Someone else has been busy with their own list. These marketing experts are locking in premier dates and additional screens for opening night. Other members of the marketing team are making lists for media interviews for the stars of the show. Still other team members are making lists for what media outlets will be used for advertising.

I’m sure I missed a few lists somewhere, but the idea is that everyone develops lists. For instance, most stores will have information on file that lets their employees know who they don’t extend credit to or who they can’t accept a check from. All stores have a list of vendors.

Service clubs and civic organizations have lists of those who have provided charitable giving and are likely to do so again.

Political candidates have lists for contributors and those likely to support them in a public way.

In each case these individuals worked organically to devise their list. They research prospects or draw from an already established pool. The success these individuals have with their lists is in direct proportion to their ability to make sure they have the best information for who should be contacted.

When it comes to list building the same idea is applicable. You need to have a good handle on your recipients.

This may mean you have to pay closer attention to detail. It may also mean that you only work with those who have either purchased your product or have expressed an interest in receiving information about your company.

List building is not about the cold call, but rather is an extension of the tentative trust given by those on your list. Those who receive information from you should not express anger at receiving your email. They may not be interested at the moment, but they should recognize you as someone they have willingly done business with in the past and may be more than willing to do so again in the future.

If we revisit the movie analogy we can see that there were multiple lists for multiple efforts in reaching one goal – a successful movie.

As your business grows you may find that you may need to build more than one list to cover the more specific needs of your consumer base.

Take time to manage sound list building strategies. Your efforts will be much more successful if you do.

New Rules Of Hollywood Movie Stars – How To Rise To The Top, When Everybody There Is Already Famous

Think you’ve got talent. You’re not alone. The power of the internet, YouTube and reality television has created a big pool of famous and not so famous people. So how do you rise to the top in Hollywood, when it seems so crowded above? These 3 tips will help you make the moves to super stardom and stretch your 15 minutes of fame as a movie star into an hour.

Get trained.

What separates the actors from the imitators? Their respect for the craft of acting. Before you spend money on head shots, find the best acting, singing and dancing classes in your area and invest in your career. The most talented people in the business continually train with acting coaches to prepare for roles. They don’t take their gift for granted. It is quite possible to have the innate talent for a particular art, but the successful entertainers who continue to work in the entertainment industry have developed their art over time.

Acquire multiple skills. Become a Jack or Jill of all trades.

The stars of the future will write, produce and direct their own projects. Don’t get lost by having only one skill that can make you money. Become an actor/director/writer/producer. Can’t write? Collaborate with a young filmmaker who needs an actor or fresh new face, for his or her projects. The top money-makers in show business look for ways to increase their market share and find opportunities to promote their multiple skills. You must diversify your talent to stay relevant.

Create your own products. Be a trend setter.

Want to be the next Berry Gordy, Steven Spielberg, Mark Burnett or Oprah Winfrey? Create an amazing product. Become an expert in your field. But you can’t be a trend follower, you must be a trend setter. Don’t better the worst product…better the best. Gordy is a musical genius. Spielberg is a film mastermind. Mark Burnett is the whiz kid of reality TV. Oprah is a successful talk show maven and a new products’ best girlfriend. Find a niche, create products and sell, sell, sell. But the products you create must be PHENOMENAL. Not average. Not mediocre. Think like the greats. Improve upon their successes. Create amazing products that your audience can’t live without.

Famous people of the future are increasing their knowledge, creating products and diversifying their talents. Some of these innovators are stealing the thunder from established stars that are still following the old rules found in the star-making play book. Use my suggestions to stay ahead of the next group of reality stars and home video masterminds. If not, you might disappear before you even enter the game.

Copyright Al and 2007

How Do I Get Abs Like a Hollywood Movie Star?

Celebrities … We know they aren’t ‘real’ people, but we can’t help being obsessed with their seeming perfection anyway! If you’ve ever craved a celebrity body, and wondered why wishing didn’t make it so, here’s the top secret of celebrities – get a personal trainer! Having someone waiting there for you at the gym, so you can’t skip out, having someone to encourage you when you feel like setting the treadmill at 7 instead of 12, and having someone to guide you through a plan and tell you you’re doing great make an enormous difference. If you’re either ready to push yourself to that level, enlist a friend or family member to drill you, or hire your own trainer, here are what the celebs do to get their sexy abs!

Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan uses the world-famous abs diet, which includes 12 ab-power foods … a fancy name for 12 sensible food group choices, rich in nutrients and monounsaturated fats, and low in empty calories! The diet includes six meals a day, which aims to balance your calorie intake and output, so that your body feels most secure and able to burn calories.

The Pussycat Dolls

These gals also favour the Abs Diet, and use the patented exercise plans as well as the diet. The exercise plan includes two sessions of abs-specific working out, two cardio workouts, three strength sessions, and one interval workout per week. However, this plan was designed by a male for males – if you are female, you may need to modify the plan a little.

Dame Helen Mirren

Yes, she’s hardly a traditional sex goddess, but she’s so fit and healthy for her age! At 63, Dame Helen Mirren is a picture of health. The energy balance concept of the Abs Diet is extended to her whole life by Mirren – she says that she has never done anything to excess – drinking, smoking, or eating. She also does plenty of walking, with her two dogs as company and motivation.


She recently turned 50, but that hasn’t stopped her having awesome abs. Madonn’a workout is high intensity cardio, mixed with toning exercises. She uses the Tracy Anderson method, which involves plenty of dancing for motivation and core strength.

Jennifer Lopez

JLo favors interval workouts, where all different types of cardio are mixed up, going from cardio, to strength activity, to cardio, to strength activity. Jumping rope, the treadmill, and the slide are some of Jennifer’s favorites.

Britney Spears

Increase her lung capacity by singing her entire album while she’s on the treadmill! To be fair, this is actually a voice training technique as well.

Tips for getting movie star abs:

  • Make sure you balance your energy in and out. Don’t eat too much, or exercise so much that you feel sick or dizzy.
  • Do a variety of activities
  • Cardio is the best way to train abs
  • Do two ab workouts a week
  • Pay attention to your superfoods!

The Best Movies of 2010: A Quick Insight on Hollywood Movies

There are great milestones crossed in 2010 and Hollywood has seen the super success of many movies this year. Some of the block blusters of this year have taken the producers and the directors to great heights and have kept the box office and the cash counters ringing. There are a variety of movies and the movie buffs have a wide range to choose from. There are horror movies, thrillers, romantic films and comedies that have taken the movie industry by storm in this year.

For a movie to be hit, the plot, the director, the actors, should all be good and necessarily captivate the audience for 3 hours. Some of the best movies of 2010 that the audience has welcomed with both hands are:

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse: This film has a good cast of Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, etc. It was in fact a third episode of the Twilight series. This movie broke many records and one among it is for hogging the biggest midnight opening in Canada and USA. It grossed over 30 million dollars in 4 thousand theatres. It is a romantic film with a lot of drama and fantasy as added attractions.

Despicable Me: This is a real blockbuster movie and a computer animated 3 D feature film from illumination entertainment. The cast comprises of Steve Carrel, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Will Arnett, etc. It was the third highest money grosser for an animated movie collecting to about 60.1 million dollars. It also has the prestige of being distributed by Universal pictures.

Toy Story 3: It boasts of a superb cast comprising of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, etc. It has all the necessary ingredients for a good movie for example, adventure, fantasy, comedy, family plots, etc. It has also the credit of being released by the giants, the Walt Disney pictures.

This movie has broken the record for collecting the biggest single day gross especially for an animated movie. It is applauded by the fans as a brilliant conclusion of the trilogy. The highlights of this movie are the out-of-the-world vocal performances, the brilliantly crafted script and of course the animation.

The Social Network: This is a must-see film as it deals with the modern concept of social networking sites like the Facebook. This film won rave reviews from the critics and the fans alike. Inception is another one of the movies which comes under the best movies of 2010. It is basically a science fiction but can also be termed as a psychological thriller.

Similarly, you can do some research over the internet and can find some more movies of 2010 easily.