30 years old with a career change in mind...
Posted 10 July 2012 - 10:56 PM
I have some questions and would be extremely grateful to anyone in the industry who has some guidance for me. Firstly, after 10+ years in the retail industry I have been recently laid off. 10 years too late! I'll spare the lengthy back story details however I should add that I have , since a child , been drawn to the movies. My first visit to a major studio was as a child where I was lucky enough to sit behind a wonderful Panavision camera and speak with a few camera crew members about their jobs. That experience stayed with me until adult hood and from that day I new I wanted to be involved in the movies/tv filming. However I was discouraged from following my dream of entering this field due to the fierce competition. ( very poor guidance in retrospect ) Thus then entering retail management, where I was fairly successful and enjoyed it for the most part.
As stated I was recently laid off from that career and have really started to rethink a career change...and that experience from my childhood keeps coming up. As an adult through the years my appreciation for the art of film making has grown as well. You know when you see a great movie...you find yourself gasping ( feeling that emotion ) at the incredible moment (s) when you are just in awe of how the camera was able to capture that moment... When I watch a movie I find myself looking for those moments were I'm sucked into the film through the art of the cinematography. Well, most reading this probably know what I mean. I could go on all day about this ... but on to my questions.
So I'm ready...teetering on the edge of this career change at 30. I want to follow my dream but I have to admit, I'm very skeptical about this. I do feel a bit ridiculous thinking I could even potentially learn all that needs to be learned and develop my skill into possibly some day actually filming behind that Panavision I sat with 20 years ago...but I want to go with my dream. So...
I would be so appreciative to anyone who feels they can advise me the direction / path I need to take. I do some photography and have a basic ( very basic ) knowledge of composition and lighting. I can not afford schooling. I live in metro NYC, but am mobile to Los Angeles and have lived there in the past. I'd be very willing to work for peanuts as a trainee or intern for a production house or cinematographer to gain the basic knowledge. I would be interested in being an apprentice or even being mentored should someone want to take an apprentice / mentorship on. My passion would be films however since I know so little about the field I'd be interested in tv as well. I 'm posting this with little expectations but truth be told I am hoping for a little karma to come back my way.
I admit I know nothing about this field, however what I lack in knowledge in the field I more than make up for with passion, drive and willingness to learn.
If you made it this far down my post...thank you. I hope to hear some positive, constructive feedback. I believe that everyone should have a mentor and I believe that those with the knowledge should mentor others. Im not sure this applies to the film industry. I was / am a mentor in my field, this is how I became successful and for that I owe others the same. Just my thoughts.
Be well and thank you,
Posted 11 July 2012 - 11:27 AM
Posted 24 July 2012 - 12:56 AM
The up and positive side...so far the positive up beat people that I have been able to network with have been great, and their best advice so far has been to continue to push forward. Sure your going to encounter the above mentioned, but just push through it.
To the other people looking to break into this tight nit field...Stay the course and keep pushing it will pay off. Last week I was invited to sit in for a tv show taping in NYC- good experience thank you for that...and looking forward to more experiences on operating a camera etc...
Please contact me or post, looking for:
Unpaid / paid internship
Posted 03 August 2012 - 12:34 AM
I'm so glad I decided to jump in and go for it, and I know that, even though our situation is a bit different, you can do anything that you set your mind to. Whether you are going to School for film or you are just learning by doing. I know, I did that before I had the chance to get in school.
Posted 03 August 2012 - 04:42 AM
I have just turned 30 this year and kinda went through the same thing near the beginning of the year.
You need to use your full real name, it's one of the forum rules.
Posted 01 September 2012 - 11:45 PM
Tstrunnia, I just spent about an hour checking out Full Sails website and programs ... Pretty interesting and exciting but I don't have 65K just sitting around! :-)
Is this the going rate for a bachelor in digital cinematography? Can anyone else suggest a school for this? I'm definitely interested just need to way my options...a school in the NY area? LA area? Or online like FS?
I like the fact that Full Sail really spells out the curriculum month by month all 32 months actually...plus you get a fully packed Apple laptop ($3830) it's comes out to be just about 2k a month...
Posted 02 September 2012 - 07:05 AM
Buckle down, pound pavements, bother people, as best you can. Get on as many sets as you can as what you can (this may mean working for free. It's bullshit, but it happens, and it sucks.) and meet people. Watch and learn. And over-time you'll find yourself getting in.
Posted 04 September 2012 - 03:55 AM
One of the biggest things that my mentor drills in my head is Location, Location, and Location if you want to find any kind of work.
Edited by KevinMckendree, 04 September 2012 - 04:00 AM.
Posted 04 September 2012 - 10:31 PM
Posted 04 September 2012 - 11:05 PM
(I speak from multiple experience in both regards)
Ask yourself: if you couldn't justify spending 65k () in retrospect what would your other options be ?
Posted 05 September 2012 - 06:20 AM
But the point in fact is that I am also now going to be in debt for many many many years-- and that can really hamper ones ability to refuse work (and I don't mean film work) later on in life.
Also we're not talking AFI here-- which I think everyone would agree is the top of the top-- we're talking about the Full Sails, the New York Film Academys ect, all of which are incredibly expensive for what they offer. Also, while AFI is an Amazing program, you Can't compare it to most other schools-- not in terms of program nor cost not caliber of instruction.