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  1. Many modern couples just the cost of everything.
  2. They it rich at the beginning of the internet business craze.
  3. He's been gone for a few weeks his movie to different producers.
  4. This internship doesn't pay much, but it does help me get a foot in .
  5. We have a hundred different , and I can't find anything I would like to watch.
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676 How to Pitch a Film
Jeff talks about the process of trying to sell his film or how to get an audience for it.

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How do you actually pitch your documentary or get it out there on television?

When you are trying to sell something, you have to 'pitch.' This means that you go around and talk to people about the reasons that they should want to buy or invest in your product. Notice the following:

  1. To be a good salesman you have to be really good at pitching your products.
  2. We must have pitched this product to 50 stores before we found someone interested.

different channels

It requires straight salesmanship and talking to different channels and stations.

A 'channel' is a specific frequency on your television that broadcasts programs. When you use a remote control with your television and you go from one program to another, you are changing the channels. Notice the following:

  1. We don't have cable, so we don't get many different channels.
  2. The same show is on a few different channels right now.

a foot in the door

It's difficult without having a foot in the door, so it's important to get a recommendation.

Having a 'foot in the door' means having a connection with someone or experience in a particular industry. Notice the following:

  1. Contacts will help you get your foot in the door.
  2. The hardest part of an industry like this is just getting your foot in the door.

split the cost

The documentary is very expensive, so the three of us split the costs.

If you 'split the cost' between three people, you divide it equally between the three people. Each person would pay one third of the total cost. Notice the following:

  1. It will be easier if one of us pays the bill and then we split the cost later.
  2. We will all buy our own plane tickets, and then we will just split the cost of the hotel.

strike it rich

Well, I hope you'll be able to sell it and strike it rich.

'Striking it rich' refers to making a lot of money, usually quickly and involving some amount of luck. Notice the following:

  1. Many young actors go to Hollywood hoping to strike it rich.
  2. This isn't really the type of job where you will strike it rich, but a lot of people really enjoy it.