Firstly, it's difficult to take these guys seriously when there is no range in diversity, age, gender. They are simply talking over each other about their middle-aged white man's experience in the film industry.
It's been 6 years since I've been out of film school, so I guess I missed my chance. HAHAHA to "their generation has it easier than ours." It's pretty hypocritical to say that, and then go on to explain how easy it was to get your first contract.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not some dreamer millennial kid. The opportunity gap started in film school - the rich kids had the money to build sets and rent more expensive equipment for their school projects, and came out of it all with no student loans. I started in wedding videography. I got paid for it. However, between full weeks of editing and weekends of shooting, it was difficult to work on artistic projects of my own. So now I work at a cafe (not Starbucks) and freelance at the same time. And I'd rather that, then work on films for big corporate companies.