50 Cent used “the unwritten legal guidelines of energy” to make a $10 million movie

Over the course of his decades-long career, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson has learned a thing or two about success.

He is a Grammy-winning rapper, successful businessman, and a prolific actor, starring in and producing in both television and films. But Jackson didn’t jump into show business overnight. In an interview with Vulture, he explained how his previous success allowed him to break into Hollywood.

“One of the unwritten laws of power is to make it seem like you don’t need anything,” Jackson said. “Because everyone will do you a favor if you don’t need them.”

Jackson met film producer Avi Lerner when he was already a millionaire from his rap career.

Because he was “in a situation financially where I didn’t need anything from him,” he said Lerner was open to talking to him about the business of show business.

“Because I was interested in what he had developed as a company, he was enthusiastic about my interest,” he said. “He probably offered more than average.”

Jackson said that his interactions with Lerner “helped me understand Hollywood” and that he was quickly making films through his production company, Cheetah Vision, which had amassed $200 million in funding from people Jackson “had met while traveling and who wanted to invest in film production”.

The films had relatively small budgets, allowing Jackson to gain experience as a producer while making money.

“I got almost $10 million for each of these movies,” he said. “So I paid myself to learn how to participate in these projects.”

Since then, Jackson has produced dozens of TV shows and films — like “Power” and “Power Book II: Ghost” — with many more in the pipeline. He will star in the upcoming Expend4bles along with Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham.

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