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Publisher's Summary

Don't Do What I Did explains, in frank English, how to make a living in film and video production. From networking to booking gigs to taking care of yourself, this book comprehensively and methodically lays out what to expect in this industry.

©2016 Alex Wagner (P)2016 Alex Wagner

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Pretty good for your first book!

The book was written fairly well but had several repeating instances. Literally word for word repeating as if the reader had to restart the recording?

This guide definitely focuses on the negative aspects of the business instead of fluffing up the industry.

Worth the price in every way!

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A true to life portryal of one's lessons learned

Where does Don't Do What I Did rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

As far as other audio books go, this was one that hit close to home very hard. I found myself nodding my head a lot of times due to agreeing with the truth the author had to say.

What about Alex Wagner’s performance did you like?

I liked the ease and natural flow in Alex's voice. It was a very peaceful read and easy to follow. Great speaking voice, very soothing and relaxing.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This is definitely a book i wanted to listen to in one sitting. It was short and to the point, no fluff at all and very informative and entertaining. It's packed with such vital information on making it in the freelancing film world.

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Being a person who has freelanced in the film and television industry for the last 5 years, I found myself learning more about the business, and was also quite shocked at the similarities in the stories and experiences mentioned in the book.

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could have been told in stories

Could have been more entertaining or comical. but it gets the points across. Certainly worth the $7 i paid for it. It has me more focused than ever on creating my own projects, building my brand, diversifying my income etc. Definitely a cheap must read for someone who doesn't have insights or connections to industry professionals.

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  • Luke
  • 01-23-18

If you're ABSOLUTELY NEW to videography then ok

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I've been in videography as a business for over a year now and this book didn't bring me any new ideas. If you're absolutely new/green/starting out then yes this'll be useful to you. However if you're already in the field I'd not recommend this.

Has Don't Do What I Did put you off other books in this genre?

No

How could the performance have been better?

This guy's tone leaves much to be imagined. Its mono, lacks enthusiasm and its hard to work out when one chapter ends and another starts. Also he's not edited out mistakes - unless that was just my download that corrupted.... unless that was just my download that corrupted. Like that a few times.

Could you see Don't Do What I Did being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Nope and Nopey McNopeface

Any additional comments?

It's great that he's gone to write a book and get his message out there. However a different voice artist would have gone a long way to give this some life.