Patience: An aspiring filmmaker’s best friend.

If the past few years have taught me anything, it’s that you need to have patience. It’s a constant struggle between pursuing your dreams and finding the right opportunities to do so.

Recently, I was shamelessly Googling ‘how to find a job in film’, naturally looking for any way to make the journey less arduous. During my investigation, I came across Stephen Follows’ website, specifically his blog post ‘How to Find a Job in Film’- how convenient, right?

Follows offers a wealth of knowledge from his experience as a producer the industry. His post offers some straightforward information that, to be honest, debunks any preconceptions of grandeur that the industry may present.

Key points from Follows’ advice:

  • Be willing to muck in and do it all with a smile.
  • Be yourself and smile. Persevere … sometimes it can just be the right time when someone is looking.
  • Be polite, be persistent, be patient… Work hard, realise you’re starting at the bottom, smile and don’t give up.
  • Be fun, keen and humble.

To be frank, working in film requires a heck of a lot of hard work, dedication and resilience to get anywhere. And let’s not forget patience; dreaded, yet rewarding patience.

From this, I aim to open my mind to being a little more resilient in my everyday life. I was brought up to respect the old adage of ‘everything happens for a reason’; I’ve come to realise that this applies to the filmmaking world more often than not.

From what I’ve read, I’d better hone my tea-making skills, too.

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“There are times to stay put, and what you want will come to you, and there are times to go out into the world and find such a thing for yourself.”
Lemony Snicket, Horseradish

Thanks to Stephen Follows at https://stephenfollows.com/how-to-find-a-job-in-film-and-tv/

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