Congratulations on that nice, shiny film school diploma. Now what?
Like many of my film school peers, I’ve directed a few shorts that received recognition on the undergrad film festival circuit. I’ve got festival laurels to my name. So, where’s the dream job? Where are the grants to make my own films?
The film and television industry is notoriously difficult to join and stay a part of. What’s more, as reported by Generation Opportunity, the millennial unemployment rate stands at 6.6 percent for 18-29 year olds, compared to the national average of 3.9 percent. Given those odds and the competitiveness of the film industry, following your dreams as a young filmmaker can be particularly challenging. What can a new graduate do to kick-start their career? While I don’t have all the answers, as a recent grad, I do have a few tips.