February 24, 2019 at 1:22PM

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Career path advice? (Working in new york)

I didn’t go to film school and I’ve been pursuing a career instead.
My plan is to work for a video production company here in indianapolis while working on my own projects and the occasional freelance job to build up my reel. Then move out to new york city and work at a video production company while doing some headshots and real estate photos on the side.
My goal is to find out what aspect of filmmaking/photography I enjoy doing most, then pursuing that while (hopefully) not going broke.

Is there anything I need to know about living/working in new york, or problems you’ve faced with not going to film school?

Please share any advice or thoughts that you have on all of this!

Thanks!

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Hi David
I never went to a film school either... I guess its the lucky few who get that opportunity....as for new York I have been there only once..but its a great city with so much contrast...so much to shoot and so many subjects, dialects and topics...…

I am a photographer too and you can see my work on my website...don't be discouraged about a film school...just hang in there...be honest to what u r doing and you will find your space

good luck
sumesh

March 9, 2019 at 1:35PM

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sumeshsenan
Director / Photographer
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The main thing is that it is pretty expensive there and generally space = tons of money. So unless you are ready to commute 2-3 hours away expect down-sizing a lot.

Really recommend not owning much when you move to NYC, just what you 100% must have and everything else is probably better off in storage in Indiana or sold.

Honestly, film school is great for theory but if you keep at it and get practice experience. You won't need a film degree. Main thing is once you get there you need to keep your options open and accept and type of gig and network every day.

And read E-books on the position that you are interested in and make a good target for your goals.

March 12, 2019 at 3:22PM

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Kyle Dockum
Videographer and Editor
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