Pop Quiz, Monday with Shawn Dawes, CEO & Co-Founder at IndieScene

The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.

I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.

Can you please tell everyone your name?
Shawn Dawes

What is your job role?

Tell us about your company?
IndieScene. is an open source directory providing information and resources for indie filmmakers/artists worldwide.

What do you love most about your job?
Being able to help filmmakers/artists create, produce and showcase their projects. And opening the box that the world is available to utilize for their creative palette.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
The continuous drive to provide the “culture” of independence to filmmakers/artists worldwide. That is what IndieScene. is about. Following your dreams while doing what you love.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
My co-founder is my father. He’s a brilliant businessman with incredible wisdom and guidance. When I hear him state something is a good idea, I know I’m on the right path.

My COO and business partner deals a lot with studios and high-end production companies. His valuation of the Entertainment marketplace is invaluable, knowing that we’re thinking outside the box and continuing to innovate beyond what the industry is doing.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
Since we don’t have office space as of yet (still in the bootstrapping mode), we have fun by attending various events and listening to filmmakers/artists about their projects and aspirations. Also, chatting about our experiences in the industry.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Funding has to be the biggest. It is frustrating to have the tech industry not understand the Entertainment side, and vice versa, the Entertainment industry not understanding tech.

But then every consumer/prospective user in the Entertainment industry (and even outside) completely gets our mission and platform.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
Always be upfront. We’ve had several experiences, in Hollywood especially, with people saying one thing and not following through.

Don’t follow the crowd. When we started getting into the tech world, so many people tried influencing us to utilize an ICO platform or blockchain, etc.

It’s funny how as soon as something is buzzing everyone jumps on the bandwagon. We see it all too often in the film & TV industry to know that method is always a losing battle.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Be patient. Network. Listen. Learn as much as you can. And help others, because, in the end, most people want to see others succeed as much as they want themselves to succeed.

Everyone thinks the Entertainment industry needs to be competitive. It needs to be the opposite, collaborative. And I’d say the same for the tech industry as well.

Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web:


Author: Ricky Singh, MBA

Editor of The Startup Growth.

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