Commenting on yesterday’s post, Tom asked:
Correct me if I am wrong but… Nobody cares if you have a college degree in the industry anyway.
You are not wrong.
Being a filmmaker, from the biggest producer to the lowliest PA, is not like being a doctor or engineer. If we screw up, nobody dies. You’ll just end up with a bad movie or TV show.
Because of this, there’s no need for a film board or cinematic bar association that certifies you as a filmmaker. Film schools are basically large versions of PA Bootcamp [sic]. They take your money and you might learn something, but their true value has yet to be demonstrated.
Don’t get me wrong. You might be able to advance your career with connections made at film school. (Just this weekend, I met a few producers and directors at a networking event sponsored by my alma mater.)
But lacking that fancy degree won’t hurt you. I’ve never had anyone ask to see my diploma from the big, fancy film school I graduated from. Besides, I know plenty of Industry people who have degrees ranging from physics to economics.
And though it may be cliché, it is nonetheless true– experience is the best teacher.
If you don’t have a film degree, don’t worry about it. Hard work and a little luck is all you need. If you do, congratulations! Now, get me my coffee.