— Cinephilia & Beyond (@LaFamiliaFilm) February 6, 2015
I’ve been asked many times why I picked ‘mentorless’ as a name to write about filmmaking and storytelling, so here is the story behind this odd name and how its meaning has evolved as our community has flourished over the years.
I started mentorless.com during the summer of 2011 out of frustration. I had a great desire to learn, grow and share, but I felt isolated despite my best attempts to connect, and even if I was living in L.A.
I arrived in America with many dreams, including one of finding a wise mentor who would help me decipher our community and challenge myself creatively. This did not happen.
What happened instead is that I started learning online and sharing what I was learning, and soon enough, others with the same drive reached out and followed my journey in picking and choosing what felt interesting and inspiring to grow as storytellers.
I now know that mentor is a fluid concept; anyone can become your mentor if you so chose it.
In this spirit, every articles, every videos, every books and every bonus links I share here are pieces of this morphing mentor we build together every week. It has no gender and no age, it just has an immense love for creativity and learning free of borders.
Mentorless no longer means being a mentee without a mentor, but rather being a mentee who sees a mentor in everything and everyone. A mentee who takes pride in learning from everything and sharing it back with the community.
Mentorless.com is a filmmaking blog for indie storytellers, storymakers & filmmakers with a DIY spirit and a curious mind, to help them nurture their craft and creativity. It wants to promote continuing education, transcending borders, genders, race, age and economical means.
The site offers interviews, making-of, tutorials, videos, books and tools to keep your inspiration and creativity levels high, all the while sharpening your skills.
Mentorless.com is also a weekly newsletter with over 12,000 subscribers where additional content is shared and via which connections are made and conversation started.
They Talk About Mentorless.com
A look at the sites that have featured my work or guest posts over the year. Click on their logo to be redirected to my work.
Support the site
mentorless.com is a one woman job, and like many online ventures, it’s not self-sufficient. I really want to continue doing it, and can use all the support anyone can offer.
As you can see there are some google ads, I hope to be able to take down one day. If you’d like that too, you can support by donating on Patreon.
Some more online love
— Larry Jordan (@LarryJordanFCP) June 22, 2015
— Indie Film Academy™ (@indiefilmacdmy) October 18, 2015
— Michael DiBiasio (@MichaelDiBiasio) June 21, 2015