At the Digital Hollywood conference in Los Angeles this week, 24-year-old Smiley filmmaker Michael Gallagher explained how he built a career from YouTube to making a feature film. He had this simple mantra for creators to memorize: “I am open to anything.”
We’ve posted the trailer for Smiley below, a horror movie and Gallagher’s first film. Storytellers and creators of all kinds can learn from his example. Gallagher explained:
Don’t be afraid of new platforms and collaborating with already established folks. That’s how I got into it. I’m 24, so I’m pretty young. But out of film school (AKA my high school) I came up here and started working with Mahalo. I wasn’t a big web guy at the time, I was 18 and I started working on their web show, Mahalo Daily. I did all the grunt work. I shot on miniDV tapes, we did shows about cupcakes and I edited them, produced and I did everything I had to do to make content. We were doing five shows a week.