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Watch: Should You Quit Your Day Job or Not?

Watch: Should You Quit Your Day Job or Not?

Marielle Heller, writer-director of the Sundance award-winning “Diary of a Teenage Girl” said, “I waited tables for 12 years and was really good at it, which is a problem when you’re an artist and you’re like, I’m becoming good at something that I don’t really care about.”

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Ever feel that way? Ever wish you could leave your crummy job and actually be paid to make movies for a living? Whether you’re a student in film school, a dentist with a dream, or a sales clerk with a script, there are more opportunities than ever for you to make your passion and creativity profitable.

Will it be easy? Hell no. Just ask DP Sarah Thomas Moffat, CSC. “You will get shot down, you will get let go, you will get rejected…the arts being such a beautiful experience and field to work in, and absolutely suicidal.”

But it beats serving cafe lattes for eight bucks an hour.

In Episode 3 of Raindance Step & Repeat, we sit down with three working film professionals to hear how they got their start and how you can transition into a career in film. Whether you’re an aspiring director, writer, cinematographer or producer, we have some great advice for you! 

But don’t quit your job until you at least watch the video. Visit Raindance here and find out more about DP Sarah Thomas Moffat, CSC. film and commercial director Sean Cisterna here and director/cinematographer Julian Meli at JM Pro Creative here.

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