As the founder of Young Entrepreneur Society Entertainment, Louis Lautman has transformed his passion for entrepreneurship into a new venture in the film industry.
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We asked Louis to share some information on his new company and what's he's doing.
Louis, let's start with the basics. What are you doing and where are you doing it?
We are a multi-media company currently producing a full length feature documentary on young entrepreneurs. We are based in Miami Beach, Florida.
The YES movie, as we call it, is all about next generation of society's leaders and visionaries.
If your readers want to get a better feel for what we are doing, I recommend that they watch the trailer for the movie at www.theYESmovie.com.
It sounds like a great project. How did you come to start this film company?
I started the company in January 2008.
Before that, I had my own sales training company, International Sales University.
I know from experience that most entrepreneurs struggle, and I had this idea to create a movement that could empower young men and women to take ownership of their gifts and talents to design the lifestyle of their dreams.
That's what got me started on what has become a cross-country cinematic journey.
We are capturing the success stories of more than 30 of America's youngest innovators and demonstrate how they're reshaping the world we live in.
It's called the Yes movie and it should be out in 2009. It's the kind of thing I wished I'd had access to during high school or college. For young people who see it, I think it's going to transform their lives and really inspire them to do something big.
A couple more questions. Where did you get the startup money and are there any competitors of note?
This venture was funded with my nest egg and credit cards.
There's really no competition. We are first to market on this, filling the need in the marketplace for movies that appeal to young aspiring entrepreneurs, as well as young entrepreneurs that have already taken the plunge into entrepreneurship.
Any words of wisdom for other entrepreneurs based on your experiences with the YES movie?
Things take longer than you think they will and everything is more expensive than you think it will be.
Still, it's important to spend the money on the best. It's something I've learned along the way with this venture. In the long run, it would have saved me money if I had done that sooner.
One of the best things I've done on this particular project is to partner and affiliate with very successful business people. That's been very helpful, and I would recommend other entrepreneurs to go down that path.
If you are entrepreneur, the key to success is to know exactly what you want and believe you can get it.
That's great advice. Thanks so much for sharing your entrepreneurial experience with us, and good luck with the film. We will look forward to seeing it when it comes out.