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I am 12 years old and I love to make movies. I hate waiting until I am older to break into the business. How can I get a job in the industry as a kid?
I'm only in high school so I'm pretty young still too. My recommendation is to keep making movies and create a portfolio to show off your work when you can get a film industry job. I'd also say if you have a piece that you're extremely proud of show it too some different people and get their opinions. If you're getting good reviews maybe try submitting it in a film festival or a film competition.
February 21, 2020 at 11:14AM
I absolutely love your question. Mainly because I admire your passion at such a young age. Let me tell you this - many of us wanted to be filmmakers since kids, and having a video camera was quite difficult, let alone "breaking into the industry."
Luckily, two things have happened that are gonna help you. Amateur filmmaking is more affordable than ever, AND the "industry" is not what it used to be. You don't depend of big producers or distributors anymore. You can do your thing and go for it.
And at 12, here's what you need to do: learn as much as you can about filmmaking, but do it by practising. Get a camera, any editing software, and shoot your first short film. Then another one, and another one, then a fake commercial, a TV-pilot, a full-feature film with your friends. Everything, absolutely everything, will help you in the future. Cause that material will be part of your reel, allowing you to show your craft, and definitely open doors.
It's not so much about "finding a job in the industry" but "finding yourself in the industry." 6 years from now, once you're ready to find your first job, you won't be a kid with a dream... you'll be a young man with proven experience and invaluable passion.
February 25, 2020 at 3:42AM