Finally, what advice would you give to somebody aspiring to break into the movie industry? Where's the best place to start and do the rewards match the amount of work involved?
My advice is that film school is unnecessary. Save your money and buy a camera. Or rent a camera. Buy a Mac and Final Cut Pro. If you can't afford it, then buy a used Mac and get a cracked copy of Final Cut Pro off EBay from Hong Kong. Write something. Shoot it. Teach yourself to edit. That is better than any film school. Then do it again.
Technology has come down so much that if you love movies, you can make them for nothing. You can find a way. Plus, you can learn everything film school will teach you from books or tutorials on You tube.
If you are somewhere near a studio or film production company, get an internship. Be around people who make movies. Pick their brains. And just hang out. If you're a straight up cat, good things will happen.
That old saying about half the battle is just showing up is real.
Cuz if you aren't there, you'll never get the chance.
Be ready for any opportunity and when it shows up, grab it without hesitation.
Insecurity and fear of success will end your career before it starts.
As for whether it's worth it - if you love movies and want to make them,
then absolutely the rewards match the amount of hard work involved.
If your intention is clear, then it's totally worth it.
If that's the case, then I say fucking go for it. Shit, I wouldn't do anything else.
But if your intention is clouded, or if you're just doing it to get famous, or do the
Entourage thing, then you are probably in for some heartache and pain.
Cuz if you ever make it out to L.A., you can easily pretend to live Entourage and have fun at it.
But if you're not constantly creating, then a decade will pass in a blink of an eye and
you'll wake up one day, thirty-five years old with no real skills except bullshitting,
a cloudy future, asking yourself, 'What the fuck am I doing here?'
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Eric who? Eric Bogosian!
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provided the perfect showcase for her amazing talents, and since its publication
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Hi Edwina, how are things?
Hi Steve, really well thank you!
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Secondly, it brings cash back into your life, which after nearly two months of bumming off
people is a welcome relief. You can only live on luck alone for so long; take the piss and you
burn it all up.
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It's the packaging that catches the eye first that and the fact you have to slice open the CD envelope with
a sharp implement.
Due to the popularity of the first EP, I have only the second two before me.
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He says that he writes to