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MADE MADE FEATURES XXXX industries - collaboration is good. If you see something one way and I see it another way, if we work together then it’s highly likely that we can both see it a different way that neither of us did initially that ends up better than both of our initial ideas. A lot of times people feel like you’re standing in their way because you’re not doing it exactly the way that they want you to do it. You have to get them to understand that, “No, we’re better together.” We’re better if it’s an idea that you and I both think is amazing as opposed to just one of us. Just because we’re working together on a vision that’s a little bit different from the initial one that you came up with alone doesn’t mean that we aren’t working towards your vision. That it is still an iteration of your vision. You have to get people to buy into that. MADE: So when you’re looking for partners and leveraging collaborations, what do you look for in people and companies that you work with? WP: In terms of partnerships and companies, you definitely look at track record and you look at relationships. It’s really, really important no matter what you do to maintain good relationships because before I enter into an agreement with another company, entity or person, I always want to check references. I want to do my research and do my own work on that person or that business. If they’ve gotten a bunch of bad reports and a bunch of people saying negative things then it’s highly unlikely that I’m going to go into it with the same level of trust (if I go into at all) that I would with somebody who’s had a good relationship with people and everyone has positive things to say. It’s important. A lot of times, especially the younger people in this generation, they want to “keep it real”, they want to be honest. They want to be in your face, not worry about the politics and be unfiltered. Well, that’s not how business works. The way business works is that people work with those that they like and hear good things about. If you’re somebody that doesn’t know how to manage relationships, doesn’t have good people skills, you’re probably not going to be somebody that others are going to recommend to work with. MADE: How do you think upcoming actors can break into the industry and pave their own lane without all of the experience - specifically those who may not have a track record, but they may have talent being one who’s still early in the industry? WP: Well remember, building a resume is just what it sounds like. You have to build it and sometimes you have to build it from the ground up. Sometimes that means that you just have to get on a set any way possible. That may be being an extra, being in the background and then you work your way up getting to know the casting director, director, producer and then you can get an audition. You may not get the job off your first audition. You may have to audition a hundred times. But it is about building it. It is about not just going from step A to step Z, but continuing to climb and making sure that you don’t just go to step A and just stay at A. You must get to B, C, D, E on down the line if you’re progressing, only if you’re progressing - even if it’s slow. Even if it’s at the rate that you don’t want it to be. Even if you’re not the number one person on the call sheet, above the title on the billboard, and got a bunch of movies coming out. If you’re working better today than you were yesterday, than you were the day before, than you were the week before, than you were the year before then you’re progressing. That’s what important. MADE: Seeing the difference within the industry, from the 2000s to now, do you have any tips for future producers on bootstrapping in a digital era or being resourceful? WP: The tip that I would have is using the resources that you have. 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