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A portfolio is worth 1000 cold emails with Alec Cutter

CreativeLive student and filmmaker, Alec Cutter first came on my radar in 2016 during a live panel event in Seattle. After playing division one soccer at Gonzaga University, he moved to NYC with a dream to become a filmmaker, where he faced the classic chicken and egg dilemma. He needed a portfolio to get hired, but felt like getting hired was necessary to create a portfolio. Living on a friends couch, working multiple jobs, Alec used his spare time and income to create videos for cafes around Brooklyn. We get into the specifics around how those videos led to his full-time job in the industry and the path to his most recent project Nando, which was accepted into the Tribeca Film Festival.

It isn’t often that we host a CreativeLive student on the podcast, but Alec’s willingness to take risks, put in the work and pursue stories and areas he’s passionate about exemplifies the power of many philosophies and strategies we talk about here on the show. If you’ve ever doubted whether it’s possible to succeed in going after your dreams, this episode is for you.

If you’re interested in watching Nando be sure to follow Alec on Instagram, @aleccutter.



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