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Career Advice - Bureaucratic to Creative Works (2 replies and 1 comment)

bscofano88
1 month ago
bscofano88 1 month ago

Hello Everyone,

I have a major on International Relations and have always worked on bureaucratic jobs in the area. While cinema and photography were always passions of mine, I have only recently started considering them as careers I would like to pursue.

I am still a bit confused about which would be the best path towards it. Is it worth to get in a company such as Warner (just as an example) through a bureaucratic job (back-office, customer service...), in which I am more experienced now, with the hopes of later moving to a another position closer to the set (AC and AD roles, for example)?

All inputs are welcome, as I know that each and everyone has their unique career path.

Thanks in advance! 🙂

The Byre
4 weeks ago
The Byre 4 weeks ago

Every market is different and I see from your profile that you are in Rio and I do not have a clue how that market works - I can only speak for Germany and Britain with any certainty.  

I am guessing that the Brazilian film industry is less formal than Germany, but I see from the profiles of such directors as Reichenbach that most leading Brazilian film creatives have indeed attended film schools.  Worldwide, there seems to be a general expectation to have attended film school.  

The other way is to just start reading how-to books and watching YouTube channels on the art of movie making - and at the same time, pick up a camera and start making movies.

I work in A for V and I was asked this question about the music industry and the clue is nearly always to find your niche - one corner of the film (or in that case, music) market you can call your own.  Our host Roger did music videos and later documentaries.  Very few are another Sam Mendes and get the opportunity to start at the top!

The niche to call your own could be a minority language, a minority subject, an odd and quirky activity or a hobby that has devoted followers.

bscofano88
4 weeks ago

Thanks for your reply, sir.

Based on your comments, one aspect that seems universal - independently or country or niche - is the importance of networking, right?

Without knowing, you seem to have perfectly exemplified my "Plan B". For the last couple of years I have sought education through courses, books, videos, etc. And very recently, I have made my first short film with a close-to-zero budget and lots of help from my friends.

Sounds like a good plan to stay on my "9 to 5" work while I seek further education and experience on movie making. Once again, thanks for your words, they have really helped seeing the bigger picture.

The Byre
4 weeks ago
The Byre 4 weeks ago

Based on your comments, one aspect that seems universal - independently or country or niche - is the importance of networking, right?

Look at networking as sowing seeds.  Not all the seeds are going to germinate and become plants - but some will!  The more you sow, the better are your chances!  That rockband that wants a music video for YouTube - that friend that wants a corporate video for his start-up business - these are all seeds and at the same time, valuable experience.  

Networking is not just for the film industry - in business, the more seeds you sow, the more likely you are to succeed.

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