Jumpstart | RevThink


Make the leap from emerging to thriving.

Welcome to the only industry-specific program where RevThink consultant Joel Pilger (former Founder/President at Impossible Pictures) personally leads you through an 8-week transformation.

To date, Jumpstart has helped over 200 owners supercharge their up-and-coming studios by mastering next-level concepts in Genius, Positioning, Marketing, and Sales.

Enrollment for the next Jumpstart opens Monday, September 13. Click “How to Apply” to learn more.

Jumpstart at a Glance


  • 8-week accelerator program
  • For creative firms generating $300K-$1.5MM/year
  • Structured concepts (Modules with Worksheets)
  • Live Weekly Workshop (optional: Private 1-On-1’s with Joel Pilger)
  • Supportive group of like-minded owners

“Don’t think it’s an easy process – Joel will challenge and push you to your limits. But hey, it’s truly worth it.” – Pat at P2

Application-based.  USD 3-7K* investment.  Limited seats.

How hundreds of studios have grown beyond the Emerging Season into the Thriving Season:


✓  Identify and focus on what you love doing most

✓  Carve out a unique position in the marketplace

✓  Develop new business based on your expertise

✓  Build relationships with better clients

✓  Upsell, negotiate, and win larger budget projects

✓  Empower your studio to produce its greatest creative work


Evolve from an order-taker shop to the expert creative firm which commands premium pricing and industry respect.

Relax knowing your transformation occurs in a private, safe space where you and your peers can process any question, admit your weaknesses… and apply solutions to move you forward with purpose, direction and confidence.

Limited seats are available. If you believe Jumpstart is a fit for you, apply to see if you qualify to join the upcoming class.


“The Jumpstart return on investment is a no-brainer.” – Dallas at Defacto Sound

Structured.  Relevant.  Applicable.


“Joel helped guide us to understanding who we are as a studio, what we’re good at and – better yet – why our clients value us. Our success rate skyrocketed once we gained that understanding and focus.” – PJ at Laundry


I was stuck for 7 years waiting for my studio to get a shot at the big-time…

And yes, that studio was Impossible Pictures, the famous miracle-making studio that broke all the rules and forever changed the creative landscape in Denver, Colorado.

But in the first 7 years of running my business, I struggled to grow my team beyond one part-time animator and generate more than USD $200K in revenue… despite my 80-hour work weeks and frequent all-nighters.

But then, starting in year 8, I steadily grew my studio to a team of 25 full-time superstars generating over USD $5MM in revenue. We had a blast working with great clients like Discovery, DISH Network, Pepsi, Ford, and Starbucks while producing Addy, Promax, and Emmy award-winning projects.

What changed?

In that 7th year, I had an epiphany: my past success was holding me back from future growth.

Once I recognized that my problem was a mindset, I began the process of unlearning what I thought was true so I could learn what was actually true: a set of counterintuitive concepts embraced by owners of the industry’s top studios.

Now it’s your turn

I invite you embrace these concepts in Jumpstart: get back in touch with what you love doing most, carve out a unique position so your studio stands out, find better clients, sell them your best ideas, and produce truly great creative work.

The world desperately needs what only you can create.



Seasons of the Creative Firm

What’s the reason running a thriving creative business is so challenging? There are seven of them.


The Website “Roasts”

Each week a member website is critiqued from a prospective client’s perspective. Once you see your studio’s positioning, messaging, and portfolio in this new light, you can’t unsee it.

Week 1 Module

Identify Your Genius

What is the source of your studio’s greatness? Let’s identify it. Now delegate everything else… so you can focus on it.

Week 2 Module

Carve Out Your Positioning

Is your studio one of many… or the-one-and-only? Craft the messaging to always stand out, break through, and be respected as the expert.

Week 3 Module

Marketing the Modern Creative Firm

Discerning the nuances in the Creative Firm Sales Cycle is what empowers emerging firms to pursue all those previously elusive (i.e, bigger and better) opportunities.

Week 4 Module

Attracting Better Clients

With COVID-19, the sales game forever changed. Learn the relevant way to take the stage and create community so your firm’s sales pipeline is never empty.

Week 5 Module

Your Best Opportunities

Why do you accept any given project? Master the critical dimensions that empower you and your team to define – and act on – what matters most.

Week 6 Module

Fewer Proposals, More Projects

Why does the proposal process waste so much time? Master the better way to weed out misfits and leverage your role as the valuable expert.

Week 7 Module

High-Ticket Sales

What if you could coax your clients to reveal their maximum budgets… while also strengthening your role as the trusted guide? Get ready to master the Perfect Sales Process.

Week 8 Module

Commanding Premium Pricing

Learn the counterintuitive approach to  playing “the bad guy” makes your studio “the good guy.”


NEW: Producer Bootcamp

In this workshop, learn what defines great producers and how they form the “nerve center” of your thriving creative firm.


→ 8 Self-Paced Topics
Battle-tested concepts (lifetime access)

→ Worksheets
Apply the concepts to your unique situation

→ Structured Learning
Each week builds upon the previous concepts

Live Weekly Workshop

→ Apply the Concepts
A “done with you” approach

→ Perspective
Learn how your peers are facing and overcoming similar obstacles

→ 1-On-1 Consulting with Joel Pilger
Included in Elite enrollment

Peer Group

→ Feedback
Share and solicit feedback from a small group of your peers

→ Accountability
Helping you stay on track

→ Network
Build relationships with like-minded owners

Make the leap.


The next Jumpstart is scheduled for Q1 2022. To apply for the waitlist, email to Airich Macalintal.

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* Limited scholarships available to disadvantaged owners, please inquire
** Live Weekly Workshop and private revCommunity space included with Classic enrollment.
1-On-1 Consulting included with Elite enrollment.