#84: How to Break into the Film and Commercial Industries with Writer and Director Toby Wosskow

About the Episode:

In today’s episode, we’re talking about something a little out of the ordinary here on the podcast.

We’re used to diving deep into what it’s like growing blogs, tech startups, agencies, consulting businesses, but today—and after many listener requests—we’re taking a fascinating journey into what it’s like quickly breaking into both the film and commercial industries.

Our accomplished guest today is writer and director Toby Wosskow, who I originally met in college and have been friends with ever since.

After graduating school just a few short years ago, Toby has been blowing up. He was the writer and director for BMW’s Father’s Day commercial this year, he directed a commercial for Nike that aired during the NBA all-star game in 2018, he directed and produced a documentary on Blake Griffith, he won an award for best short film at the Bahamas International film festival, the list seriously goes on and on. 

Now,  Toby’s focused on the release of his much-anticipated short film, Side of a Horn, the first film to tell the story of South Africa’s poaching war from both sides of the fence. This project blurs the lines between narrative and documentary in a fascinating way…

Oh! and Toby also landed the support of The Virgin Group and founder Sir Richard Branson who’s joined the film as an Executive Producer.


In Today’s Episode, We Talk About:

[02:34] What book he’s reading at the moment.
[04:10] Where he’s originally from.
[05:06] What growing up was like for him.
[10:07] Who benefits from going to film school.
[13:56] The most challenge project he’s ever done.
[18:07] Why he chose a specific format for his films.
[24:01] How to get on the radar and partner with key people.
[19:29] How they are making partnerships happen.
29:23 How he broke into doing commercial work.
34:40 His best piece of advice for anyone looking to break in the film industry.

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