The headline says it all.
I’m a little surprised it has to be said, but it’s come up a lot recently while fixing up readers’ resumes. Several people have left their .edu address on their resume.
In a way, I sort of get it. When you’re 22, college has taken up almost a fifth of your life. It feels like a major accomplishment. It’s the same reason people put “Education” at the top of their resume.
But in this business, almost everyone has a college degree. Even going to a top-tier film school doesn’t really set you apart very much.
What a .edu address tells me is, you have no experience. If graduating from UCLA is your greatest accomplishment, then you haven’t actually done anything.
It’s like when guys complain that “girls don’t want to date nice guys.” Being “nice” is a minimum basic requirement; it’s not sufficient reason for me to go out with you.
So if a college degree is necessary1-but-not-sufficient, what next? You need experience. And now we enter that famous paradox which is in no way exclusive to Hollywood–
Then you’ll get a normal Gmail address, like everybody else.