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!

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I started by buying a camera and shooting music videos for friends and random rappers I knew. I just gradually started meeting people through that. Not saying this should be your route, but it was mine.

July 21, 2015 at 2:29PM, Edited July 21, 2:29PM

Don Way
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