E’lan West Discusses Some Great Advice Into The Entertainment Industry

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E’lan West Discusses Some Great Advice Into The Entertainment Industry

In this interview, we got the chance to talk to E’lan West a TV Producer with over 20 years of experience. E’lan West provides insights into the challenges and opportunities of starting and running a business in the entertainment industry.

E’lan West discusses the importance of developing a sound business plan, securing funding, and building a strong team.

E’lan West also shares his thoughts on the role of technology in businesses today, and he offers advice for entrepreneurs who are just getting started.

So, Let’s get started.

What is your “backstory”?

Great question. Being fully engulfed in Los Angeles, it was hard to stay away from the entertainment industry.

I met a ton of people in night club promotions, club promoters, and aspiring actors and models.

So, I just did what felt natural and began to connect with like-minded people. The next thing I knew, I started a talent management company that was very successful and allowed me to develop great relationships deep within the industry. 

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5 things I wish someone told me when I first started directing

I have a great and experienced team, so I have been able to learn a lot of tips and tricks over the years.

I think the first thing would be to ensure the proper amount of time to set up each shot. Secondly, overseeing rehearsals and being completely locked in with the set and focus of filming.

Also, leading casting sessions and picking actors will allow you to visualize the best angles for potential locked on framing. Moreover, I would say really reading scripts, dissecting, and working on its continued development.

Lastly, being available to motivate actors to produce their best possible performance. 

Can you share 6 “non-intuitive tips” to succeed in a career in Hollywood? Can you share an example for each?

Sure, this is a fun question.

Stay focused, literally keep your eyes on the prize. Do all the work, meaning don’t try and take shortcuts because they typically don’t work.

Outwork your competition; believe it or not, hard workers are recognized by crew and cast on sets. Be over prepared; it’s easy to do the bare minimum but you will get praised if you can problem solve before an issue becomes a problem.

Networking is key, you must be able to connect and find ways to work with other industry professionals; it is true that great minds think alike and can build with each other.

Learn and keep learning, never be too cool for school. You can learn something new if you are willing to listen.

Can you share a story with us about what brought you to this specific career path?

It was by chance. It was more about being in the mix and taking advantage of opportunities.

I never had a dream of being in the entertainment industry. I will say, I quickly understood why people from all over the world come to Los Angeles to chase their dreams; it’s because you can achieve here and benefit from the rich culture in movies, music, sports and even the glitz and glam.  

Can you share the funniest or most interesting story that occurred to you during your filmmaking career?

My crew was filming with a permit in a luxury Penthouse, and we kept noticing a security guard popping his head up like whack a mole in every window he could.

We had no idea what was going on, so naturally we began to close blinds. The next thing you know, he was on the roof of a building across the street with what looked to be military grade binoculars staring in through a huge rectangular window we couldn’t block.

It was irritating but also hysterical, so we named him Robocop for the rest of the shoot. I guess it’s an inside joke, but it was definitely funny.

Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?

I have met a ton of celebrities at every level there is. The person I really enjoyed meeting and was one hundred percent authentic was Daymond John of ABC’s Shark Tank.

This guy is interesting, sharp, and a man of his word. In this industry, you will learn quickly that a lot of people over promise and under deliver. I was able to have dinner with Daymond and he gave me a number of great tips and advice and wanted nothing in return.

He even offered me access to his exclusive network and made connections I requested in good faith. It was like a breath of fresh air working with someone that was not acting as a gatekeeper. 

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

I have a ton of these but let’s go with procrastinators who never create because they’re too busy procrastinating. Let me hear you say that five times fast. 

I am very interested in diversity in the entertainment industry. Can you share three reasons with our readers about why you think it’s important to have diversity represented in film and television? How can that potentially affect our culture?

It is extremely important to not only allow diversity but embrace it. America is a melting pot and there are so many rich stories we can all learn from each other. I am an avid watcher of documentaries.

I love to learn new stories, American history, World History. Diversity also gives us an opportunity to connect and have healthy dialogue. Inside the industry, diversity directly affects our culture and always will and I absolutely love it. 

What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?

To not take up the entire page, I will mention a few. A new series where Food Network’s Nancy Fuller introduces a lost tradition of sharing special meals together as family in Memorable Meals.

A new reality series called Divorced Young, which chronicles the lives of young couples dealing with a life changing decision: divorce. Love in LA, another new series that follows individuals who have won and lost in love as they navigate their complicated relationships in the City of Angels. 

Which aspect of your work makes you most proud? Can you explain or give a story?

Overall, I would say it would have to be the ability to work in any genre I am interested in.

We have had success in every lane we have entered, and we are always looking for more success and new opportunities to prove we can deliver impactful storytelling while increasing to a wider audience.

Since Montage Media Production Company was strictly creating sizzle reels for reality tv initially, I feel we have grown. We have done reality tv series, Indie films, Short Films, Red Carpets, and Award Shows.

You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger.

If I could start a movement, it would be focused on impulse control. I think there’s a lot of decision-making on the fly that doesn’t end well.

We should all be able to control our impulses much better, and I believe there would be less people making decisions out of fear, anger, emotion, and uncertainty. Day to day life will slow down if we allow it to, and I would say if you needed help, go get the help you need because nobody can do it for you.

We are very blessed that some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might see this.

Absolutely, I would love to have Breakfast with Garry Tan of Initialized Capital, followed by Brunch with Alexis Ohanian co-founder of Reddit, then Lunch with Elon Musk CEO of Tesla Motors, with an early dinner with Ari Emanuel of WME, and end the night with drinks with Dana White President of the UFC.

This is a group of people I would love to pick their brains if they would allow it. 

How can our readers further follow you online?

Thank you for letting me be a guest on your platform. If anyone would like to get in touch, please follow Montage Media Production Company Website: www.montagemediausa.com | Montage Media Production Company Instagram @montagemediaproductioncompany

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