491 - Turn Your Art Into Entertainment with John Tomko, Josh Rimes and Brian Michael Levant

How do you break into the entertainment industry with your creativity? What matters most about a new project from people at the top of the ladder to the producer's assistant? Mark Brickey sits down with John Tomko, Josh Rimes, and Brian Michael Levant at Designer Con to get the answers to you closer to your big break. This panel represents over fifty collective years in the entertainment industry and they've seen it all and bring their experience to today's adventure to give you some inside information about how this lucrative world works. Get direct advice about sharing your unique voice, creating a universe, and possibly making the type of money that can change your life.

Talking Points

  • Pop culture goes Open Source
  • Bringing Falling Down to life.
  • Getting your work into an accessible format for Hollywood.
  • The tools creatives have to break into the industry.
  • From character to story to world building.
  • Are you giving away too much or now showing enough?
  • Developing a fan base that gets assess in seats.
  • Voice, vision, and the art of storytelling.
  • Getting teamed up with people to help you find your niche.
  • How to share your vision and bring them into your universe.
  • Where are you pitching your idea and how do you keep them engaged?
  • Getting through the front door of a locked up industry.
  • The importance of sharing your vision with the people you're working with.
  • Researching management companies.
  • Spec scripts, internships, and gaining skills in the industry.
  • A graveyard of good ideas from John, Josh, and Brian.
  • What is the biggest thing currently missing in the industry?
  • Fitting into the brand.
  • Staying resilient and authentic.


In a special segment available as an individual download hear Mark’s summarized notes on how you can take your characters and turn them into worlds. 

Cliff Notes

  • The importance of IP and the licensing goldmine behind it. 
  • Tapping into something bigger than yourself
  • Creating a fan base to open doors
  • The demo reel of social media
  • Figuring out how you fit into your own story
  • Developing a solid direction to get from here to there
  • Location, networking, and representation
  • Staying resilient against the many doors that will slam in your face.