"Aleks, What Resources Do You Use
To Build Your Business?" 

"Aleks, What Resources Do You Use To Build Your Business?"

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Disclaimer: Some of the links below are affiliate links, which means I might earn a small commission if you love something as much as I do... I only recommend what I actually use! 

Jump To Resources For:

Disclaimer: Some of the links below are affiliate links, which means I might earn a small commission if you love something as much as I do... I only recommend what I actually use! 

My Self-Tape Set Up:

Lighting Kit
Value-packed, budget-friendly, professional lighting kit. Includes 2 umbrella reflectors, 3 light stands, bulbs and equipment carry bag. 
Camera
The camera I use for my photos, social media content, filming short clips and more. I really like it because it's a great starter camera and a joy to use!
Affordable Lav Mics
A great choice for a lavalier microphone. This 2 pack comes with an additional accessories kit, connects to every device, and has a great sound quality!
For Voice Over Auditions
 A solid set up for voiceover auditions, podcast interviews, youtube videos, song recordings and more. I love that it plugs directly into my computer.
On-The-Go Phone Light
A useful tool to have these days, this selfie ring light is perfect to stick to your phone or laptop. It works really well, plus it has 3 different lighting modes.
Adobe Premiere Elements
This software is great for self-tapes, content creation, editing films and more. (If you're more advanced in editing, check out the Pro version!)

Affordable Acting Training From The Experts:

Masterclass
Learn from the best in the world, from the comfort of your own home and at your own time. A collection of online class for all skill levels for acting, filmmaking, screenwriting and more!
Larry Moss
Get inside the mind of the world's most famous acting guru through his detailed book on technique. Moss has coach Oscar-winning actors such as Leo DiCaprio, Hilary Swank and more!
Margie Haber
Straight from the #1 Audition Technique expert and teacher, comes her insightful book. Haber has coached household names such as Brad Pitt, Halle Barry and Vince Vaughn.

Resources For Building Your Brand + Growing Your Audience:

Content Masterclass
Personal branding 101. This class will teach you both the theory and practice of creating the right kind of photo and video content for social media, in order to get the visibility you need.
Creative Market
The go-to online marketplace for design assets. Instead of worrying about your branding assets, you can purchase pre-made brand kits, social content, website designs and more to get you started!
Traffic Secrets Book
Learn evergreen marketing tactics and traffic strategies to get more people to see your website, your socials, and your art. Order your copy for free today by clicking on the button below!
Canva Pro
A total gamechanger. I am not a designer and yet I have designed more than ever before (easily!) with Canva Pro. Use it for creating postcards to casting, youtube thumbails, screening invites and more!
InShot App
An awesome, free video editing app with a lot of great feautres. I use it for quick edits and ig reels. What's cool is that for the ig reels, you can even upload your brand fonts directly to the app!
Planoly Scheduler
 The best social scheduler I have found to date. You can auto post, pre-write captions and hashtags, and even schedule your stories feature with their sister app: StoriesEdit. Works across multiple platforms.

Resources I Use For  Every Film Script & Concept:

The Hero's 2 Journeys
My TOP recommedation. An ideal resource for writers, screenwriters, actors, storytellers and filmmakers to learn how to structure your stories from the experts. A very enjoyable listen!
Scrivener
My go-to writing app for scipts, short stories, social post ideas, character breakdowns, and the emails I write. It's a very intuative software, and allows you to organize it all in a way that works best for you.
Storyboarding App
*Currently testing out.* A software to help manage all of your production needs in one place. It provides storyboarding software, call sheet generators, shooting schedules and more!

Resources To Set Up Your Own Production Company:

Bookease
The company I used to set up my LLC paperwork and taxes. Very friendly, professional and kind staff. If interested, you can book a free consultation call to see if they are the right fit for you.
Quickbooks
Bookkeeping made simple. This is an awesome accounting software for small business owners to keep everything organized. Use my link below to get 50% off your subscriptions and a $50 gift card!

Resources To Monetize Your Audience:

One Funnel Away Challenge
If you want to learn business or expand your own, this is the best $100 you will ever spend. Taught by $100M entrepreneur Russell Bruson and his team of coaches. This is the best course I have ever taken.
Affiliate Bootcamp
If you want to earn a commission by promoting other people's or company's products, look no further than this free course. You'll get access to tons of step-by-step action plans to create a profitable side hustle!
Network Marketing Secrets
For my networking friends: this is the ultimate guide to attracting the right people who are super interested in what you're selling, and sign up in your downline! Get your free copy of this book by clicking the button below.

Additional Business Tools I Can't Live Without:

ClickFunnels
The only web builder I use. ClickFunnels makes it easy to build beautiful websites and profitable sales funnels. No need to learn how to code or work with a web designer. You can try it free with my link.
Fiverr.com
Need an editor for your youtube videos? A film poster designed? Whatever you need, Fiverr's got the solution. Find any service from talented freelancers around the globe in under 5 minutes. 
Teleprompter
I used to use an app but it doesn't even compare! This teleprompter is a life saver when filming any type of instructional or wordy videos. I use it for my courses, youtube videos and more! It's awesome!
Adobe Stock Images
 The ultimate one-stop-shop for access to millions of royalty-free stock images, photos, graphics, and more. A very helpful resource when creating content and promotional materials.
Placeit
I use this tool solely for the mock up generator - it is incredible! Create professional images for your t-shirts, books, film promo, festival buzz and more in minutes! 
StreamYard
 This software allows you to livestream to multiple platforms at the same time! So for example, you can be on instagram live, facebook live and youtube live all simultaneously. Isn't that cool?

AJ's Book Club: The Books That Have Shaped My Life

Big Magic
The guidebook for living a creative life by multiple NYT best-selling author Elizabeth Gilbert. This book talks about creativity, approaching projects, inspiration, and courage. 
Real Artists Don't Starve
A no-nonsense practical guide to using your creativity as a competative advantage in the marketplace. Every chapter is based on a principles that you can implement immediately.
Willpower Doesn't Work
Instead of relying on limited willpower, learn how to change your environment and set yourself up for success. This book shows you how to create consistency and crush your goals quickly.
The 10x Rule
 In this book the author breaks down how to create massive action to create more of what you really want. I recommend the audio version as it is a great blend of intense and inspirational.
Breaking The Habit...
If you want to truly expand your thinking of what is possible for you, then look no further than this book. Packed with scientific data and incredible real-life examples.
The Alchemist
 An enchanting novel filled with wisdom and lessons about going after your dreams. A story well-known and loved all over the world - and even Will Smith's favorite book!
The Obstacle Is The Way
This book dives deep into history, philosophy and even stoicism. Filled with amazing stories of triumph from some of our greatest heros. It made me tougher and more resilient.
Essentialism
 A must-read if you are feeling overwhelmed, unproductive or overworked. This concept of essentialism has shaped pretty much every area of my life and I am happier for it.
The Millionaire Fastlane
 This book (and especially it's sequel) are kinda like stepping into the Matrix. If you can't handle it, don't do it. Awesome info for wealth-creation and outside-of-the-box thinking.
The Magic Of Thinking Big
The best way I can describe this book is: personal development 101. An insightful, easy read full of practical actions you can take to improve the quality of your life.
Boundaries
If you are needing help with negotiating your responsibilies in a project, getting out of unhealthy partnerships or upping your communication skills, I highly recommend this book!
The Talent Code
Greatness isn't born. It's grown. And this book proves it. This is a must read for all artists who have the desire to either get unstuck and/or keep improving thier craft.

Programs For Mindset, Influence + Confidence:

Unleash The Power Within
I have done this event multiple times! It's amazing! Now virtual, a 3.5 day personal development event with #1 Life Strategist Tony Robbins. Lots of fun, powerful stories and strategiest to break through limiting beliefs and take control of your life!
Ultimate Edge
If you need help gaining clarity and confident, this is the program to get you to the next level. Truly take charge of your own psychology, improve your health, master your finances and deepen your relationships - a tall order, delivered!
Mastering Influence
Influence is an essential skill to master as a performer, storyteller and filmmaker. As arists, we need to be able to confidently sell our scripts, get teams together to film, scign with an agent, and so much more. Learn from the best with this course.

How I Start My Day:

High Performance Planner
The High Performance Planner by Brendan Bruchard is all backed by science and used my high performers in every industry. It's designed to help increase your productivity, organization and focus.
Peloton Workout App
Any workout you're interested in at your fingertips. The expert trainers and production quality of the classes can't be beat. From meditiation to strenth training, cycling and so much more!
Yoga Mat with Markers
Eco-friendly, non-slip yoga mat for daily exercize and streching. I love this mat because it has lines and markers on it for proper posture, it's super durable and even comes with a carry strap!
Favorite Green Drink
The green drink that's fully packed with superfoods. (My favorite flavor is the watermelon that comes with a boost of caffeine.) My daily dose of all things nutritious - that actually tastes great!
Favorite Pre-Workout
The best pre-workout I have found to date. It keeps my energy up, levels my mood, is a healthier choice compared to others in the marketplace, and has a great selection of tasty flavors!
Motivational Water Bottle
 Reusable, BPA-free 1 gallon water bottle with fun motivational tracking that helps me drink more water throughout the day. It comes in a variety of colors and option with a built-in straw!
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