How do you get started in the film/television/entertainment industry? That is the million dollar question. I go to plenty of networking events and information panels on this very subject and people always ask the same questions which are always followed by the same vague answers. Unfortunately, some people are yet to realise that THERE ARE NO ANSWERS!
No one is going to give you a formula of how it’s done. Every who has made a successful career in the arts, particularly in screen production, has created their own unique path with a mix of dedication, passion and of course, persistence (or as I like to think of it; stubbornness).
I myself still have no real idea what steps I need to take to make a successful (and dear god I hope, profitable) career out of content creation. I’m literally living by the phrase - fake it till you make it. I’m no longer waiting for (insert government agency, production house here) to pick me out of a crowd and say, “Yes, you there! We choose you!”. No, it’s not going to happen unless I make the stuff I want to see and then hopefully through recognition, more opportunities will begin to open up. *Fingers crossed*
The other day we were interviewing Nkandu Beltz for the Our Definition of Success Podcast and the whole conversation was basically how Nkandu realised work she was passionate about that needed to be done and she went about getting it done. It was that simple. Of course, a lot of hard work was involved and she has had such an amazing career as a philanthropist and author but the sentiment of her journey was simple - go do what you are passionate about because it’s probably the only thing you will ever be truly good at. I think, well for myself at least, we get too hung up about what others expect us to do and even what we expect of ourselves. I know I had an expectation of myself getting full time work, going to the same place day in and day out, building a comfortable life etc. Now I’ve had a bit of time working out what makes me happy and what doesn’t, I’ve realised I want everyday to be different, I want to meet new people constantly, I want to tell stories and share emotion through my work; a very different life to what I envisioned a few years back.
I know sometimes a bit of inspiration or camaraderie is needed to make the leap of saying, “To hell with it, I’m going to do the work I want to do”, and so by blogging about my experiences in this soul-crushing and yet ultimately soul-fulfilling industry, others will know they’re not the only ones.
Anyway, I think I’ve gone a bit off the beaten track here. What I’m trying to say is, whatever you’re passionate about (in the words of good ol’ Nike); Just do it. 😉