March 10, 2015 at 10:54AM

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Is Having a Job Good or Bad For YOU as a Filmmaker?

I capitalized "you" because I want to know your personal thoughts and experiences with working a regular job and film making. Does it work for you?

I just got hired at a new job after not having a regular job ever in my life (none that lasted more than a few days anyway, I always quit) . I used to do other things for money, but I have a family now and seriously can't do those "things" anymore as I finally realized after I had my second child that they are too dangerous for a family man. In my past "career" I had all the time in the world to do what I wanted to do. But I figure a job will take that away from me.
A pro to me is that I'll be able to fund my first feature and still be able to live without hoarding money that I make from indie music video work due to the fact that I don't know when the next client is gonna contact me. So, I'm kind of happy about the new job but at the same time I'm worried about time management as a film maker.
Your thoughts, please.

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It's very common in the Indie filmmaking world to have a regular job that allows you to make Indie feature films without becoming a homeless person... :-)

There are a few very lucky Indie folks that have been able to make the transition to full time Indie filmmaker, but this is like winning the lottery.

March 10, 2015 at 12:57PM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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All job is good job if you have in mind your real propose: Keep shooting. :D

March 11, 2015 at 3:34AM, Edited March 11, 3:34AM

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Ragüel Cremades
Film producer and director
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Don, re: "none [job] that lasted more than a few days anyway, I always quit".

Give a job a shot and think of a job as a university. Even the worst job will teach you skills that the best university cant. For example: self-control, communication with coworkers, communication with the management, handling conflict situations, etc.

Quitting a job cause either "it sucks", "management sucks", etc. is not a badge of honor -- it's a failed class in self-control. Means after a few days of job you have not improved one bit.

The point is -- these things do make you better as a filmmaker in more ways than one can appreciate.

Keep the job! Shoot the films! Best of luck!

March 11, 2015 at 10:21PM

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Alex Zakrividoroga
Director
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Thanks Alex. Great advice. I was really young when I quit all those jobs.And I already had a good source of income. They'll have to fire or lay me off of this one. I went to school for this new profession so I feel obligated to give it a shot (and make the tuition money back at least, haha). I agree, it's definitely not a badge of honor, I was heavily lacking in self control like you said.

March 12, 2015 at 7:54AM

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Don Way
Writer/Director of Photography
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