dylanodevine said: I saw one of your asks that said you used to be in film (or still are idk)? and I was just wondering as someone who is interested in being a director/producer and I just want to get your opinion on some of the work. Whats the hardships, have you ever directed, all that jazz.
EVERYONE BE MY WITNESS. THEY ASKED ME. WILLINGLY. I can’t be held responsible for any reaction my answer might cause 8)
In the interest of full disclosure, yes, I still work in film — TV, more like. I’m a screenwriter. I have worked as a producer’s assistant and executive assistant in a production company for four years.
First of all, the one thing I will tell you is this — you don’t need an expensive film school to get in the business. Don’t drown yourself in debt for it because the only thing you get out of it is a piece of paper and, if it’s a really good school, some help from the Alumni network, but really, it’s not what makes the difference.
You need to be in either LA or NYC to start out. Or, if you live in Europe, London is one of the most central places to go to in terms of production. Go to a community college, or a mid-level college, then start looking for internships. Do as many internships as you can— many places will offer them only in exchange for school credit, so be prepared to go to work grueling hours for free. Another way to start is the mailroom at a big agency (CAA, WME, ICM) but usually you start that path once you’ve already got your degree. That is a terrible year, but you learn a lot, network a lot, and eventually forge ties with the people that will help you further your career. Always be nice to the assistants, always. ALWAYS. They will be your ace in the hole.
Go to work with a no-job-is-too small attitude. Develop the thickest skin you possibly can. Learn that everyone is a douche and it’s not personal, don’t take anything personally, let it roll off your back, try and pick your battles, and remember it’s a temporary situation. Eventually, when you have enough internships under your belt, you can try and apply for an assistant’s job or a PA job.
If you want to be a producer/director, the agency route might not be the best way, but producer’s assistants job often aren’t given to people who just have internships experience, so you will need to keep your options open. Also, it will take you at least two years there, learning how to get insulted on a daily basis by your boss (an agent or manager) without flinching, before you can think of going into being a producer’s assistant, and being at an agency helps you do that.
If you want to work on set specifically - which if you want to be a director/producer, seems sensible - learn if you can work on set. I have found out that I can’t. I like it for a week, three, tops. Then I want to die, I want to murder everyone, and I yearn to get back to my regular sleep cycle. Working on sets for shorts, student films and the likes for free is a fantastic training ground. Learn as many different skills as you can, so that you can fill more than one position on set. That experience will eventually help you get on set internships and/or PA jobs. Consult production weekly, see what’s filming in your area, send your resume, offer to work for free.
Here’s the other thing. Be prepared to do at least 3-5 years of bitch work. Everyone’s career is different, obviously, and you can fast-track it if you’re lucky, but don’t expect it to happen overnight. Remember that the industry is small, people talk, and don’t burn bridges. Be nice. I can’t stress this enough — if you’re a dick, doesn’t matter how talented you are, people will not hire you. And reputation sticks.
Don’t give up on your creativity during the bitch work era, either. That’s a dangerous thing that will inevitably happen, and it will hurt your soul. Try and get together your fellow bitch-workers, grab a camera, open a youtube channel, keep working on your craft, learn, learn, learn. You can’t be a director or a producer if you don’t know your way around a camera, how much it costs to rent equipment, to rent a location, what the unions are, how they work, what the teamsters do, and why they are essential. And unfortunately, you don’t learn that in film school—you learn that on set, you learn that on the job, during your internships. But, because it’s film and it’s the circle of life you can’t get an internship without some months of film school under your belt. Don’t let the dickheads you will INEVITABLY find in film school ruin it for you. Remember it is temporary and you will need to deal with a lot more dickheads in the future so consider it practice.
When you get out in the world, in the Industry as we call it, surround yourself with people more talented than you. Learn all you can from them, forge your own crew, help each other out. Don’t buy into the whole 'oh em gee hollywood is so ~fake' trope — because it’s a crock of bullshit. It’s actually a pet peeve of mine. There are fake people everywhere, but it’s up to you to avoid them. Like everywhere else in life. And frankly, the actual industry workers (not the Hervey Wensteins of the world) are the most honest, hard-working, no-bullshit people I’ve ever met.
Last but not least: film is hard work. Hard, intense, soul sucking work. It’s not something you just do for fun or try on for a bit; it’s competitive and hard and exhausting and dirty and frustrating, and only those who commit 100% and who have the guts and the willpower to stick around make it. DONT TRY THIS AT HOME, KIDS.
have I successfully scared everyone off yet?
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Lift your open hand
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I don’t think I made it very clear but last month I was sexually assaulted by someone who I thought was my friend (I don’t want to talk about it don’t ask), and it’s… really fucked with my head.
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I mean again I don’t want the point of this to be my sob story or whatever but if you could reblog this it would seriously mean a lot
This really needs more notes.
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