July 3, 2015 at 10:10AM
How to Network as a High Schooler?
Hi, all! My name is Katie Mlinek and I'm going into my junior year of high school - yes, that means the question of college has come up. I've looked around film schools and I just don't think they're for me. My ideas and style as a filmmaker is already adverse to those of the students in my high school's film program. I've been self-educating myself on everything from cinematic history to sound theory to interior design through the internet and books and my growth as a filmmaker has been amazing. So, to sum it up: I'm with the website here - no film school!
But the problem here is that I haven't been able to learn by working on a real production set. All of the internship opportunities in Maryland that I've found are for college students. If I could get a job right out of high school, that would be incredible but I know it's not realistic. My current job doesn't pay me enough to save up for even a tiny apartment of my own. But I know that if I don't spend at least part of my time making films, I may end up in an insane asylum. Maybe I'd meet other filmmakers there, though, who knows? ;-)
I guess what I'm asking here is how could I start networking now outside of my little high school circle? I'd love to hear everyone's stories on how they found work in the industry!
Thanks for reading and have a fantastic day!