How would you like a meeting to pitch your film to Steven Spielberg while you were still in film school?
How would you like him to buy your idea?
How would you like to make the first mega-successful documentary about a superstar singer?
Maybe yes, maybe no.
But if you insert your creative pursuit into these questions (if it’s not film), you’ll probably be answering yes.
Today’s guest, Jon Chu, is the director of blockbuster hits like Step Up 2: The Streets, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, GI Joe: Retaliation, and others.
How does a young guy like him (just hitting his mid-30s now) land these kinds of films in such a competitive industry?
I asked him this myself when he came by the studio to record an episode for The School of Greatness.
His stories were fascinating and inspiring. He is no doubt a great storyteller.
This quality is actually what he credits a lot of his success as a film director to. It’s at the heart of what he does.
What I was also inspired by was Jon’s humble and authentic attitude. He is a hard-working, grateful, positive guy and it’s no wonder to me that he is so successful.
If you are creative in any field, or are trying to get to the next level in your work, listen up to Jon Chu in Episode 237.
Wow, Jon’s stories are the best. I could have asked him questions for hours. So inspired. Which is your favorite movie of his?