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7 Questions with Phillip Avalon

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7 Questions with Phillip Avalon

Name: Phillip Avalon

Current title: Producer/Director

Current organisation: Intertropic Films

A film producer with a list of movie credits ranging over four decades.

7 Questions with Phillip Avalon


1. What have you found most challenging as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise?

To keep keen, involved and on top of each department on a movie project.

2. How did you become a CEO or executive of a large enterprise? Can you please briefly tell the story?

I was encouraged by a close friend to produce a film I had written a script for. He helped me raise the finance & kept the encouragement at times I thought it was all over. The movie was successful and became the stepping stone.

3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?

I check my emails, then the crypto market globally. If I'm on a project, I prepare for the day and check the previous day in both creative and financial. If I'm working on a new project in the writer capacity, I read it prior to sleep as I find it can give me fresh ideas the next morning

4. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?

To listen to your team, it's not just a recent lesson, it's ongoing.

5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?

I do not have one book in particular, I love BIOS of people I admire. I also read many screenplays and at least one book a week. Wilber Smith is my favorite author.

6. How do you build leadership capacity in a large enterprise?

Leadership is set by example. I follow this code.

7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise so far?

One episode comes to mind. I had taken on the role of Co-writer, producer and director of a movie project that had been funded. I was nervous and thought, this time I may have bitten off more than I could chew. My confidence was at a low peak and thought about bringing in another director. I had experience in all three roles, but had never done one wearing all three hats. When it came to rehearsal, an actor complimented me on the way I had broken down the character and set up the scene, that ticked the confidence box. Next I sat with the first assistant director and art director and mapped out the scene and how to cover it. This brought another compliment & my confidence returned. I later put it down to how much I'd studied the project prior. I had thought through every angle in my down time. The cast & crew did a positive video on the project after the film finished. I treasure it to this day.

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