Is it hard? Are you a filmmaker in the early stages?
I know it’s hard for students that do the same work. They’re trying for the next big project, a little bit of everything. It’s very hard to find the right amount. With the degree, I could have the right combination of courses and courses that people are going to fall into.
Is it difficult being out of school?
No, the whole thing [having out of school] has helped me a lot. There’s so much pressure on you. It’s going to be tough for a kid to just find a way to fit it into their schedule. I don’t think it would be a good thing if people decided they didn’t want to have to find work, or that they weren’t really interested in the project. I think it would be a bad thing. It’s a nice feeling to know that everybody is excited about your film, and everyone is saying, “Oh, you know, I would love to do that.” That’s a good feeling in the industry, I think.
You’re a filmmaker and an actor who has seen it all? Do you think it’s hard for people to find their niche and to be successful?
Yeah, I think it’s not hard, but it is very hard. It’s really difficult because they want this to be their life forever. It seems like everybody in this industry is trying to be something different, something that everyone wants. That’s not necessarily difficult, but you definitely have to work hard at it.
What would you like to see change?
For every filmmaker that’s an actor and a filmmaker: Just find a way, because acting classes are expensive. Actors should be able to direct and produce.
Is there something you wish you knew when you were a kid and you got a small part, and how would you like to have it reversed?
I wish I knew how to start a business when I was 7 years old. How to hire an assistant, to do some stuff. How to be a producer on the set and take care of the production and all that. It was just all so hard, and I was still so young. Now it’s all so easy, because you can go do it or you can leave college to make your own film.
Would that make everything easier for you?
It would definitely make everything for me. [Laughs.] I think there’s so many people that think there
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