I’m very excited to interview the multi-talented John T. Trigonis. He was referred to me by friend and indie film supporter, Marcella Selbach, whom I had the pleasure to speak with last year. Marcella could not say enough good things about John, and now I know why.
He’s a poet, author, filmmaker, and the list goes on and on! Find out more about John’s philosophy on life, his thoughts on Taoism, and what he’s learned about crowd fundraising.
In John’s own words …
I’m a published poet, writer and storyteller, DIY filmmaker, freelance professor, and author of Crowdfunding for Filmmakers: The Way to a Successful Film Campaign. Cat lover, coffee aficionado, wine enthusiast, and comic book geek, as well.
Crowdfunding for Filmmakers centers around offering practical information, tips, and tactics about how to launch a successful film campaign by going with the flow of traditional models of fundraising, utilizing today’s technological and social innovations, and augmenting each with an added personal touch. The book examines various ways to meet and exceed one’s crowdfunding goal through chapters that home in on team building, audience outreach, and crowdfunder etiquette, along with a section containing case studies from successful film campaigns, as well as a few unsuccessful ones and what they could’ve done to remedy their unfavorable outcomes.
Learn more on John’s website.
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Inside John’s Mind
[eden] Thrilled to meet you John. I’m going to mix it up a bit with you because I loved your answers. Tell me …
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I’d want to live less inside my own mind, which I’m doing less of everyday. My education had made me a bit cynical for a while, as education often does, an unfortunate side effect of the attainment of knowledge. But I’m learning to see the world a bit more like Winnie the Pooh –– positive, taking one small step at a time to better oneself and the world around you. Interesting enough, I learned this was my trouble after reading an issue of The New Teen Titans, a favorite series of mine, in which Wally West, also known as Kid Flash, was accused of letting life fly by at high speeds and never pausing to really appreciate what’s all around him.
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Writing some life into a good idea for a story; holding my Lady’s hand; a tasty cup of Intelligentsia Coffee; a tall glass of Alamos; Any film noir starring Bogie or Cagney; helping others; breathing easy.
[eden] Love the diversity of your response.
What turns you on creatively? Accidental words –– sometimes I hear someone speaking, and I’ll get their words mixed up and it’ll sound like something else, something cool and interesting; a neologism, perhaps; something I can work into a poem or script or short film.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “The bottom line is…” and I’ve no idea why I overuse it, but I do.
What quality do you most admire in a man? Knowing the difference between a fedora and a trilby.
[eden] Ha! I have a weakness for a man in a hat 😉
What quality do you most admire in a woman? Drive –– I like to be inspired, and nothing’s more inspirational (and sexy) than a woman who wants to do great things in life, even if she doesn’t quite know what those great things are just yet.
What is your greatest regret? If Taoism has taught me anything, it’s that everything happens for a reason, and that reason is always a good one, even if at the moment it seems quite the contrary. The Universe has our best interests in mind, and I can’t regret anything because everything I’ve been through has brought me to this moment, and I wouldn’t change this moment for anything in the world. When you believe this fully, you rid yourself of even the idea of having regret, as I have done.
What is your greatest fear? Stepping forward only to realize I’ve taken two steps backwards. I want to make sure I progress in everything I do, always moving ahead toward something great.
Which living person do you most admire? Eddie Vedder, lead singer/songwriter of Pearl Jam. He’s been my hero and inspiration ever since I first listened to “Jeremy” back in the early 1990s. He’s a person who’s able to express himself in a very unique way, and who always wants to help people all over the world.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Comic book writer, which I’m on route to becoming with two comics in the works –– a screenplay-turned-comic script for my feature-length story A Beautiful Unlife and another for a horror noir tale called Siren’s Calling. I figured since I’ve loved reading comic books since I was in grade school, maybe I should try my hand at writing them.
If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? A fern –– after a life as creative and non-stop as the one I’ve been living, it might be nice to just sit around and do nothing, as long as my owner waters me regularly and keeps me in a place near the sun (I trust the Universe will give me a good owner, or at least better than I’ve been nursing my Dad’s old fern back to a fruitful green life.)
[eden] Hmm, no one has ever given this answer before, but I like your reasoning.
What is your greatest extravagance? Eating out (just about) every night. Now that I’m working five days a week with Indiegogo, I don’t have time to cook during the week, and my weekends I keep reserved for writing or shooting a new film or video project, so eating out is all I can do, despite it being a bit expensive.
Greatest achievement? I’ve had many great achievements, from graduating Brooklyn College with my MFA in poetry to making two films I’m most proud of –– Perfekt and Cerise –– but I’m most proud of getting my book Crowdfunding for Filmmakers picked up and published by Michael Wiese Productions.
[eden] Fantastic, and I love these photos you provided too.
Tell me the trait you most deplore in others. Putting other people’s happiness before their own; in this way, they’ll never attain true happiness.
What is one thing you want to do before you die? Take a tour of Greece. Both my parents were from Greece, so I want to head out there for a couple weeks and see everything that I used to teach about back when I was a humanities professor.
Who is your favorite writer/musician/film director? My favorite writer is Douglas Adams; my favorite musician is Tom Waits (only ‘cause I mentioned Eddie a few questions earlier) for his lyrics and gravel-rasp voice; and my favorite film director is Kryszstoff Kieslowski (The Double Life of Veronica, Three Colors Trilogy) for his masterful storytelling abilities.
[eden] I’m not one for cursing on public timelines either.
Finally, John, tell us your motto. Go with the Way of the Universe. Always.
Nice! Thanks for your wonderful and thoughtful answers. I do hope we connect when you’re in Toronto. It’d be lovely to meet you.
Readers, please say “hi” to this talented man and make sure to follow him on all his networks.
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