Filmmaking Isn’t for the Faint of Heart
This is true, filmmaking isn’t for the faint of heart, but there’s also so many other things that are tough too.
Time to Think
The winter months are giving me a lot of time to think about a lot. Do you know how many times I have looked at other career paths? I think it’s on a daily basis right now.
I have always thought about just going back to school to become a nutritionist. Hell, the other day I thought about ways to try and break into an environmental science career. Today it’s physical therapy. It’s almost like Im looking for a way out of my career path.
I have to ask myself this question: Am I in the right career?
I Set Goals and Achieve Them
Now, for someone that has 10 years into filmmaking and such big goals in the industry this is a very serious question.
If you look at my life I have really done the things that I really wanted to do.
I’ve done photography. I remember as a small girl creating backdrops with my blankets and just tearing through all of my moms films. The days before digital photography. Thanks mom!
I’ve played Sports.
I expressed my interest in the military. I was a hair away from joining the Marines. Can’t say I wasn’t scared. My desire to go to college was stronger than it was to join the military.
I traveled where I wanted to. I’ve even made that a career. I actually have a job where I get to paid to travel! And thank goodness it’s not year round. I like to be home too.
I Can Change My Mind
I worked in the camera department in film, to a point I realized that wasn’t what I really wanted to do. Then I made it my goal to become an Assistant Director. I even had side goals to that AD goal. I mean, you have to when you’re just starting out. When I moved to NYC I was determined to learn how to be a barista. I had already been a bartender. So, I lived that life. I made it my mission to get a job as a barista. I could even say I was more focused on that than getting film gigs. As ridiculous as that sounds.
I’ve always struggled with the changing of goals. If I change my mind, does it mean I’ve failed? Some people would say “YUP! It def does.” Others would say “Not at all. As you grow your interests change.” I’m not really sure where I fall.
What I am Sure Of
What I am sure about is how I like to spend my day. Whatever it is, it’s not on conference calls, in front of the computer, or in an office for 8 hours a day. Even if it is film related. I worked in a film office once. Never again. I didn’t care how far up I was or how many people I was in charge of. I could NOT deal with being in an office. Sitting at a desk! UGH! I HATED it. Prepping for a film project is one thing. I know that prep is short lived because we will roll right into production.
I like production days. No two days are the same. Which I think is why film production appeals to me so much.
I’m also torn because I have this overwhelming feeling I’m not actually good at being an AD. Or maybe ANY one thing for that matter. Imposter Syndrome?
I think about other people in the industry. How I see them. Looking at their lives through social media. I’m aware how social media likes to portray how fucking great any, and everything is just OMG so fucking great. I get it. People put up this facade. But there’s still this part of me that believes that YES! They are that awesome. EVERYONE loves them. Their sets run smoothly without error! The crew LOVES them to death.
I’m over here like holy shit! I have to be and do so much better than I already am. Do I need to change? Do I just need to be myself? Should I be nicer? Where.The.FUCK.Is.The.LINE???? I don’t know!!! AAAaaaghhhhhhhhhh!
How People See Me
Some people really see me as a confident-having-it-all-together-type-person. Well folks, I’m here to tell you, that I’m a ball of self doubt and worry.
I feel as though I’m really an acquired taste. I’m too introverted to be like “OMG what are you working on next?! OH.MY.GOD. I would LOOOVE to help you on your next thing.” Insert hair flip here, and hugging next.
Man, it’s just hard for me to connect with people. I can’t connect with someone who I know is a vain shallow fuck. I’m not good at playing the game. I’m really not. I tell people on my Youtube “Your career will depend on networking.” It’s absolutely true, but am I good at it? Hell no!
If I can’t be sincere I won’t engage with a person.
Filmmaking Isn’t For the Faint of Heart
I also have this thing where I just feel like I don’t really belong. Sort of out of my league. I think that since I come from humble beginnings, being raised poor I feel like I’m playing ball in the wrong realm.
Hell, I don’t even know how and the fuck I got this far. I’m Honestly amazed.
I will say that I am extremely uncomfortable around people who make a lot of money. I have no idea why. As soon as I realize that a person is well off I immediately put them in the category of them never being able to relate to me at all. Which you can already tell creates a problem. It shouldn’t matter, right?
It’s really not for the faint of heart. You have to be a strong confident person. Or at least look that way.
So, what do I do? I know I have to be able to express myself, and BE myself no matter what. Keep strong the connections I do have. Stay confident in myself. And probably the most important: DON’T WORRY ABOUT WHAT EVERYONE ELSE IS DOING. Fuck er-body else. lol
I have a lot to learn. Working in Film and being a filmmaker is definitely not for the faint of heart.
Please share your thoughts on what you experience. Feel free to contact me!