What Would You Pay For The Dream Of Being A Filmmaker?

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Would you like a glamorous, high-paying job where you got to work the hours you wanted, hung out with famous, beautiful people, everyone respected and admired you and you got to party all night? Would you like to get trained for it in just one year? Would you even be willing to pay a lot of money for the training or take out a big loan?

Of course you would. And so would thousands of other people. That’s why selling the dream is such big business. Note that you aren’t getting to buy the job, just the dream.

When I saw an article about a “culinary arts” school being sued for over-promising I was reminded that “selling the dream” is a very profitable kind of business in the United States but lately these “for-profit colleges” have come under a lot of legal pressure.

You see for most people the dream is all they will ever get. The schools pay huge sums on slick advertising, the tuition is sky high and the quality of instruction is often low. The success rate for students seems to be even lower.

The “majors” offered are usually in glamorous sounding jobs like fashion design or filmmaking. Jobs where a very few individuals have had spectacular success but job openings are almost non-existent.

If you are wanting to become a filmmaker and try to find the dream there are many options for finding film production courses but these fancy for-profit schools that look so appealing are not going to deliver.

Before you sign up for any film school do your research.

What is your experience?

Comments

  1. says

    If you are wanting to become a filmmaker and try to find the dream there are many options for finding film production courses but these fancy for-profit schools that look so appealing are not going to deliver.

  2. says

    It’s kinda of a lose lose situation for most aspiring young filmmakers. Few have the cash to purchase or rent their own equipment to practice techniques they can learn online or in a book as well as not living in an area that has many if any film courses or seminars that aren’t associated with a university. The easiest route is to apply for courses at a college/university and often these courses are expensive even if they only teach basic information. Although I agree with your article on convincing the reader to research before applying to expensive film schools, what other options do they have? Few will want to hire someone with little to no professional experience and none will want to hire if the person can’t even say they have college experience in film.

    I think your article would be alot better if you posted direct links to free or affordable sources that provide hands on training for aspiring filmmakers.

  3. Ronny says

    It is very inspiring write-ups and I can say that if you really have the dream to become a filmaker, try to find your dream and invest your time in a college/ university that are offering a film production/ directing courses. This course seems expensive but if the college your are studying have standardized teaching, I’m sure you will be a well-known filmaker soon.