Yes! I believe that if you’re really passionate about the craft and don’t let those barriers stand in your way, it’s incredibly easy to build a unique skill set. And, I’m not saying it’s going to be easy or quick—it’s going to take a bit of hard work.
But then, if you’re working for clients that don’t have that same dedication, it’s a different game entirely!
That’s what I love about my industry: you’re constantly challenged to work your heart out and to really push yourself. It’s the very definition of hard-headed grit. It might not look it, but when you’re pushing yourself and creating something that you’re passionate about, you’re working harder and you’re not making sacrifices that you might not otherwise. Your passion is motivating you to be the best at it. Working in film is one of the biggest professions out there and we all know it.
You have a degree, are you pursuing your passion as much as you can?
I definitely want to! Yes I am. But at the same time, that’s not my major and that’s not what’s driving me right now or, I hope, what you’re driving me right now. The reason you can earn a degree is in a sense, and I think in a very true sense because we’ll talk about this as time goes on—so I don’t want to get into too much detail—the reason you can earn your degrees, there’s a very strong credentialed training path.
And when you look around, it seems like there is a lot of new programs, a lot of great programs all over the place, and there’s a lot of programs that are really great but are difficult by nature because you’re just trying to get a credential. When you can, the degree will be a huge benefit to your career. It is also important to note that the vast majority of my degree is focused on business, accounting, finance—things that we need to know.
You can’t go wrong being able to work in the industry, but the other side of that coin is when you work in Hollywood you’re required to work with a diverse group of people. I mean, a lot of the time when you read stories about guys who went into the business, people are still like, “Oh yeah, I think I can just get my degree and go make movies.” They’re like, “I’m only going to make movies if I’m