Don’t give up on your dreams

31 10 2009

Some people may overwhelm you with negative thoughts. They may say that you won’t find a job in the business, that California has too many earthquakes or that you won’t be making money for a while after graduation. At least, these are a few things people have told me. I don’t let it get me down though. Yes, sure, there will be obstacles and hard times. There will be change between college and having a career too but that should be known. We all realize that college can’t last forever. We all realize that the economy is bad right now. We all realize that jobs aren’t guaranteed. What you need to remember though, is that your life is your life, filled with your dreams, goals, passions and desires. If you want to do something, then do it. Don’t listen to what everyone else is saying. Avoid their negativity. Most of the time, people say these things because they aren’t doing well in the business or they think there are no jobs or they may be jealous because television and film sounds so much better than the job they have. Don’t let it crush your dreams. I’m not letting it. I’ve wanted to be where I’m at now, a senior in college about to graduate and pursue a TV and film job, for many years now. I’m not letting anything change my mind or make me doubt my dreams and neither should you.

Everything will be okay. Work hard, get your name out there, make contacts, go beyond your comfort zone, fly across the country, find your available options, ask around, work a part time job, cherish your youth and stop worrying so much. You’ll be okay. Believe in yourself.


Sore shoulders but still smiling

9 10 2009

My personal short story about today includes waking up at seven AM, carrying a lot of heavy equipment, setting up lights, camera and mics and recording two interviews within three hours… I’m not sure which was worse: actually doing it or all the worrying that came prior to it. I definitely think the worrying was more stressful than anything else.

So now, my shoulders are killing me but the final projects looked pretty good, if I may say so. Unfortunately, I am about to go off and start my second film shoot for the day. I’m director of this next one and face a lot more responsibilities.

The reason I am telling you all this is because although I may bitch and moan about being busy, carrying heavy equipment, waking up early, cancelling plans with friends and dealing with the stress of production, I still love what I’m doing. I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t. In between recording and packing up at the end of the shoot, there is this strong, overwhelming sense of accomplishment and pride. A “You did it!!!” sort of feeling…and let me tell you, it feels amazing.

This said, what do YOU want to do in tv and film production? For those of you who want a job in the business after graduation, it is important to know exactly what you want to do. Do you want to do film and make movies in LA or would you rather work on television shows in a studio in New York City? There are many routes you can take…TV, film, advertising, critiquing, promotion and also positions such as editing, camera, gaffer, director, producer, audio, wardrobe, makeup, casting…

What helped me decide that I love film over everything else was I thought about what I watch more of, first off. I watch a ton of movies but I only really watch a couple TV shows on a regular basis. My favorite shows are One Tree Hill, Friends, Seinfield and King of Queens. Therefore, I know if I pursue a career in TV, it would be more of sitcoms and one-hour series type shows.

Second, my internship made me realize how much I loved going to work everyday to edit and talk about making films.

So keep all of that in mind and go on a little soul-searching adventure, if you haven’t already, to figure out what you are the most passionate about! Once you know that, you will be on your way to making your dreams come true.

Inspiring words

3 10 2009

“There are moments in our lives when we find ourselves at a crossroad, afraid, confused, without a road map. The choices we make in those moments can define the rest of our days.

Of course when faced with the unknown, most of us prefer to turn around and go back.

But once in a while, people push on to something better, something found just beyond the pain of going it alone, and just beyond the bravery and courage it takes to let someone in, or give someone a second chance, something beyond the quiet persistence of a dream because it’s only when you’re tested, that you discover who you are, that you discover who you can be.

The person you can be does exist, beyond the hard work, faith, belief, and beyond the heartache, and fear of what lies ahead.”

This is a beautiful quote I came across while on facebook one day…an acquaintance of mine was feeling blue and he received this quote from a friend to comfort him. I’m now passing it on to you.

Don’t allow fear to stop you from pursuing your dreams.