One of my favorite parts about my business is that I’m able to help so many incredible entrepreneurs build thriving businesses, who then go on to help others, creating an unstoppable ripple effect that impacts hundreds of thousands of lives in the best possible way.
It’s so inspiring to see them become beloved leaders in their communities and how their work transforms the lives of others. It warms up my heart and reminds me of the limitless potential for good we all have inside.
And today, I couldn’t be prouder to introduce you to one of my star students, Ela Thier of The Independent Film School. She has taken her leadership role to the next level and used it to transform her life, and that of those in her community. This is a detailed look inside the business of just one of 10 incredible students of mine. Check out my latest podcast at the end of this post to hear from everyone else 🙂
I first met Ela when she enrolled in my courses and I’ve been so blown away by her diligence and determination not only to build her business but to help filmmakers and screenwriters across the globe share their own creations on the screen.
Before Ela ran a successful online business, she spent over 12 years teaching filmmaking and screenwriting in-person.
Her classes were very successful and her students loved learning from her. So much so that she’d often receive emails from people far and wide wanting to learn from her, asking her if she could record her classes so that they, too, could learn from her.
For the longest time, she’d simply say it wasn’t possible.
Until she realized the only thing standing between the impossible and the possible… was herself.
In her own words “I finally broke down and I was like… We’ve got to make this available and figure out how to translate it into an online format”.
She also felt conflicted and unsure of whether she was a teacher or a filmmaker.
“If I’m a filmmaker primarily, then I’ve got to figure out how to sustain myself. How to make that viable and not have teaching consume my entire life, my work life”.
That’s when Ela started thinking more and more about the potential in bringing her teaching classes online so that she could have more time to dedicate to her filmmaking projects, make a living to sustain herself, and help other independent creators on a worldwide scale.
That’s when she started looking into this new possibility and someone she knew recommended she check out my resources (isn’t that sweet? Thank you, mystery person!).
So how did Ela go from teaching in-person classes and having limited time to work on her filmmaking projects, to building a six-figure business selling her online courses?
Well you, my friend, are about to find out!