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Old 18th March 2019, 1:14 AM   #1
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Was it it a bad idea to take a job that only lasts a month in this case?

I've been trying to work on feature films since I want to get into filmmaking and I got a job on one that starts shooting in July, recording audio and editing. So I got excited and took it and said yes.

But my friends and family seem to think it was a bad move, cause I'm going to have to quit my current job by the time July comes around to go to another city to work on the movie, and I will be out of a job once July's over. But was it a bad idea? I mean it's hard to find these filmmaking opportunities, so what else can you do, if you have to quit a job, just to go work on one? Otherwise you will never get to work on any, it seems.

Am I wrong, and was it bad of me to say yes?
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Old 18th March 2019, 3:27 AM   #2
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It's not a bad idea if you have enough savings to tide you over until you find another job at the end of filming. As long as you don't mooch off your family while unemployed it should be all good.
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Old 18th March 2019, 10:58 AM   #3
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I've been trying to work on feature films since I want to get into filmmaking and I got a job on one that starts shooting in July, recording audio and editing. So I got excited and took it and said yes.

But my friends and family seem to think it was a bad move, cause I'm going to have to quit my current job by the time July comes around to go to another city to work on the movie, and I will be out of a job once July's over. But was it a bad idea? I mean it's hard to find these filmmaking opportunities, so what else can you do, if you have to quit a job, just to go work on one? Otherwise you will never get to work on any, it seems.

Am I wrong, and was it bad of me to say yes?
Take this job. It could open many doors for you. Your friends and family's concern is misguided -- they aren't thinking of the opportunities this could lead to for you. They are only thinking in practical terms. By the way, as you know with the film industry, film projects are NOT 12 month long jobs. They are very sporadic jobs.

Produces, directors, actors, technical crew, script writers, music composers....everyone who works in the film industry works on various projects at once.

Do not quit this job. Use it to network and bridge it to your next film project. That's how people continue working. And in between projects, they have money saved in case there's no work for a period of time. Welcome to the film industry! You just need to get good at saving money while you're working, and hustling to get that next film project, whatever your role is, while you're on your current film project.

The only reason you'd need to quit this job is that you don't want to work in the film industry. If you don't like project-based work, then you may want to look into jobs that are salary-based 12-month year jobs in the corporate sector. But it doesn't sound like that's what you want to do. I wouldn't listen to your friends and family. Their concern may be well-intentioned but it's not their life, it's your life. Don't let them detract you from following your path.
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Old 18th March 2019, 12:24 PM   #4
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Also, I want to add, if you research your favorite film actors, NONE of them had real jobs. They did horrible part-time jobs to make ends meet, while keeping themselves active in the film industry whether that meant going on auditions, or doing side odd jobs. Before he became famous, actor Harrison Ford was a carpenter, for example. Do you think he should have stayed in the carpentry business b/c the money was more stable? Nope.

To keep you on track here is a list of 39 celebrities horrible jobs that they did to make ends meet before they became famous. Don't quit this film job. It will open doors for you. Make that your mantra.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/elliewoodwa...e-they-were-fa
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Old 18th March 2019, 2:14 PM   #5
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Okay thanks. I was told by a person I know that one month of work is not nearly enough to gain experience to quit a job over, and one month is just a drop in the bucket to what I will need for others to hire me for other filmmaking jobs, but I mean most low budget movies will not want to take over a month to shoot though.

I have some savings I could dip into, yes.
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I have some savings I could dip into, yes.
You'll never achieve the venerated "starving artist" designation without a spotty and intermittent employment history!

But seriously, if you're young and without marital or child responsibilities, chase the dream. Never know until you try...

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Old 18th March 2019, 4:57 PM   #7
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Okay thanks. I was told by a person I know that one month of work is not nearly enough to gain experience to quit a job over, and one month is just a drop in the bucket to what I will need for others to hire me for other filmmaking jobs, but I mean most low budget movies will not want to take over a month to shoot though.

I have some savings I could dip into, yes.
Who cares what anyone else thinks. One month could be the month that changes your life's trajectory. You don't know that it won't lead anywhere, unless you take the chance.

The film industry is 99% about who you know btw. So, low budget or not, you need to get your name out there, so people will hire you. So what if you do low budget films for income as you start out. That's work! Isn't it? Eventually, you'll have enough of those projects on your film resume to get work on larger budget films. You have to start somewhere. Start in July. See what happens. Be open to the possibilities of good things resulting from it.
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Okay thanks, is it really 99% of who you know though? I was told before by a couple of other filmmakers that who you know is overrated and it's also worth trying to impress strangers as well if I can.

I was actually going to do produce and direct my own feature film with a lot of money I saved up, this summer, but then decided maybe to hold off till maybe next summer, if I am going to working on this project for a month instead.

I posted about it here before:

https://www.loveshack.org/forums/min...t-feature-film
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Uber, Lyft, bartender, grocery delivery, temp agencies....you can make money lots of ways!
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Old 18th March 2019, 6:22 PM   #10
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Oh yeah, I could it's just that a lot of jobs, will not want me to take a month off to make a movie, so that's the tricky part.
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ironpony, two words: Kevin Smith.
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Old 18th March 2019, 11:10 PM   #12
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Yeah true. It's just that people keep trying to talk me out of it, saying things like the chances of getting hit by lighting are higher than a movie turning to be successful. However, one person who I worked for, recording audio to make their movie, ended up getting distribution, and yet I don't know anyone who has been hit by lighting...
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Old 19th March 2019, 12:53 PM   #13
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Well whose opinion is more important to you regarding your film career -- theirs or yours? Whose film career is it -- theirs or yours?

The problem with asking people for advice is that they'll give it to you.

No one can tell you how your choices will work out.

Ultimately, it's up to you what path you take.
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Okay thanks. I guess I feel that people's advice to tell me it's foolish, or idiotic, makes me feel like an idiot, cause when I quit jobs to do this in the past, the movie shoots got cancelled and it was all for nothing. So I feel like an idiot for keep on trying sometimes.
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Old 19th March 2019, 4:38 PM   #15
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Okay thanks. I guess I feel that people's advice to tell me it's foolish, or idiotic, makes me feel like an idiot, cause when I quit jobs to do this in the past, the movie shoots got cancelled and it was all for nothing. So I feel like an idiot for keep on trying sometimes.
I get it. But at some point, you need to decide if working in the film industry is something you really want to do. There are no guarantees in life, unfortunately. And doing project-based work is all about hustle and flow (good movie, btw). Being able to have savings so that when you take on a project, if it folds and isn't distributed, make sure you at least get paid for the work you do. It's another bullet point on your resume at least.
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