The Next Antwone Fisher? - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

Q: I am a 19-year-old sailor in the U.S. Navy. I have been crazy about the film business since I was 12 years old. I believe I have an extraordinary talent, yet I’m very confused about the road to take to make it into the business.
–T. Johnson, Via e-mail

A: You should read the book Finding Fish by Antwone Q. Fisher and Mim E. Rivas (Perennial; $13.95), the autobiography that inspired Oscar winner Denzel Washington to produce and star in the movie Antwone Fisher. While Fisher’s book is unforgettably inspiring, it offers a bonus: Fisher, also a Navy man, provides a personal account of what he had to go through to bring his story to the big screen. Continue to educate yourself about filmmaking by reading From Reel to Deal: Everything You Need to Create a Successful Independent Film by Dov S-S Simens (Warner Books; $17.95)

Also, the following Websites can help you learn more about filmmaking and lay the groundwork for networking with others in the industry:, a Website devoted to independent filmmakers (including Internet filmmakers) that offers articles, software downloads, and discussion forums;, which includes information about film festivals, contests, and other resources; and, a resource for African American filmmakers.

The distance between having a good story to tell and making a film about it is not a straight line. However, if you are committed to learning, you’ll improve the odds of achieving your dream.

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Alfred Edmond, Jr.

Alfred Edmond Jr. is SVP/Editor-at-large of BLACK ENTERPRISE. He is a content leader, brand representative and expert resource for all media platforms under the BLACK ENTERPRISE brand, including the web site, social media and live networking events. From 2008 through 2010, Edmond was SVP/Editor-in-chief of, helping to lead the transition of BLACK ENTERPRISE from single-magazine publisher to digital-first multimedia company. From 1995 through 2008, Edmond was chief editor of BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine. He has also hosted The Urban Business Roundtable on WVON-AM in Chicago and Money Matters, a syndicated radio feature of American Urban Radio Networks. Edmond is also an entrepreneur, speaker, author and amateur natural bodybuilding competitor.