When he says that it wasn't as easy as he hoped, it sounds as though he's admitting he still had a lot to learn but actually he's referring to the dearth of opportunities for a completely unknown, untested director. Go figure!
He says there were two key opportunities which provided him with the chance to prove himself... the first of which, he readily admits, came his way long before he was ready for it. A friend who worked at NBC Sport told him about a plan to make a documentary about a heavyweight boxing champion who happened to come from Busby's hometown. Despite his lack of experience, he landed the gig.
It was a trial by fire as Busby had to learn an unfamiliar camera while he was shooting with it. Two weeks later, he was back in New York and figuring out how to edit a thirty minute film using software he didn't know how to operate because he'd only just bought it.
It's clear from the way he describes this 'flying by the seat of his pants' experience that it was exhilarating and terrifying in equal measure.
The success of the NBC Sport film led to a small documentary for Dick's Sporting Goods, and suddenly he was up and running: "Completing those two projects was my film school... as a young director, you just really need to get your ass kicked a lot, and get in big trouble."
How does he feel about becoming 'the sports guy'? "I grew up playing sports, I still keep up with sports. If you had asked me when I was 22, that would have been like the absolutely dream. And it still is a dream, I just don't like being boxed in.
"I just want to see good scripts. I think what I can do in the sports space is bring something a little bit different to that world... and it's something I can do in the commercial space as well."
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