It’s Tough to Make it in Hollywood

It’s Tough to Make it in Hollywood

My first glimpse of Hollywood came through the lens of film school. A place where everything seems possible. I attended a stone’s throw from major studios.

Gotta say, it was incredible. But there was a problem. This reality that doesn’t hit you until after graduation.

What was it?

Film school taught me a lot about making movies. It didn’t teach me how to find work after school.

The reason?

Because it’s nearly impossible to find work in the industry after film school. Especially if you want to write and direct.

In 2020 there were around twice the amount of scripted productions as there were in 2010. That sounds good, right?

Yes and no.

It’s nearly impossible to find work in the industry after film school. Especially if you want to write and direct.

If you add up the students graduating each year from my school alone, you quickly realize the film industry can’t absorb the influx of wanna-be filmmakers.

Add to this productions operating with smaller crews, union battles, struggles for diversity — It’s a tough, creative world.

Life After Film School

Fortunately, someone I met who worked at Universal got me onto a couple studio films as an editorial production assistant (PA). Both movies were directed by Bob Odenkirk.

Tracey Wadmore-Smith, Kyler Boudreau, Bob Odenkirk
Tracey Wadmore Smith, me and Bob Odenkirk on the mix stage for The Brothers Solomon.

So it happened, right? I was on studio films! Driving onto the Sony and Universal lots. Working around filmmakers like Bob Odenkirk, Kristen Wiig, Will Arnett and more.

My filmmaking life had begun!

Not so fast.

I was just an errand boy. To be a PA all somebody needs is a car, a map of LA and a knowledge of where the restaurants are.

Film school not required.

But that’s okay. Being a PA would let me work up the ladder, right?

Wrong. Stats show that only 1% of PAs ever go on to direct their own films.

One percent???

As an editorial PA, what I was doing was nowhere close to directing movies. It wasn’t even in the same vicinity as writing and directing.

And I was only getting older.

The World of Independent Film

I decided to jump into the world of independent film. At least I could work in key, creative positions vs getting coffee.

But indie film doesn’t pay the bills — if it pays at all. If you say “no” to a job due to lack of pay, there is a line of people behind you waiting to take it. The system is broken, and it’s not going to be fixed any time soon.

What I was doing was nowhere close to directing movies. It wasn’t even in the same vicinity as writing and directing

So I was working in creative positions and building IMDb credits, but had no money. I had to get a full time job and work on films nights and weekends. Long hours.

Why the sob story?

Because this is the challenge for anyone who wants to make movies. Especially those of us who want to write and direct our own films.

When you graduate from film school you’ll start out like everyone else: Trying to break into an industry where the primary entry points are loads of experience, credits on IMDb and an audience.

The OBVIOUS question: How do you gain experience, obtain credits and build an audience if you can’t get hired?

My thoughts exactly.

Hollywood is saturated with wanna-be filmmakers. Just drive to LA, go to a restaurant and ask your server where they’re from and why they’re there.

I rest my case.

Many film school graduates end up working jobs not even related to filmmaking, just to make ends meet. Others give up. Some land an industry job, only to be stuck for years in a position they never wanted.

Many film school graduates end up working jobs not even related to filmmaking, just to make ends meet.

You have to get ahead now, or you’ll just be pushed further down the line with each graduating class from every film school on the planet.

But most of us sink all of our money into school. There’s nothing left to fund movies.

A Solution for Writers & Directors

Since film school I’ve worked in many positions. From editing and sound design to post supervision and acting to writing, directing and producing.

In 2020, as I was wrapping a film, a life altering idea hit me.

What was it?

Teach people who want to write and direct how to do it right, without the crushing weight of school loans or the distractions of film school.

I had discovered the hard way that to break into the film industry you need experience, IMDb credits and an audience. That’s the minimum. And the only way to get there is by writing and directing your own films.

But again, who has the money to shoot films on top of school loans?

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