If you’re anxious to jump start your career as a filmmaker, considering the cost of education is step one. But actually, this probably isn’t the first question you should ask.
You’re at the precipice of pursuing a career in filmmaking. Everyone knows you love movies. You can’t stop talking about them. You see things in the story others don’t. You think you could do this. In fact, you have to. It’s your passion. Now the question is, what film school to attend? And this decision will shape the rest of your career.
Do you want to be a filmmaker but not sure if film school is worth it? I attended school in the heart of Hollywood and have since worked on studio and indie films. What I’m about to share with you could shave years off your dream of becoming a filmmaker.
When the decision was made to attend film school, I hit up Google to find a school in LA. Attending film school in Hollywood seemed like the common sense way into the industry, right? My plan was confirmed after learning instructors at the school I was going to attend worked on wildly successful movies like The Matrix. This was it! I packed up my old Honda and moved to Los Angeles with big dreams.
You love movies and want to be a filmmaker. But what’s the best way to get there? For many it’s moving to Los Angeles and attending film school. But is a film degree really where it’s at? Do you need to go to film school to have a career in entertainment?
I’ll never forget the day I packed my bags and moved to Los Angeles to attend film school. It was incredible and taught me a lot, but it wasn’t the silver bullet for my career I thought it would be. It didn’t prepare for the harsh reality of what it’s like to get started in Hollywood.