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I attended Franklin Pierce college at the time which is now a university. Go figure, they changed it to a University a few years after i graduated. Had that been an university while I attended I’d be in less debt…more to come on that below. I graduated with a BA in Mass Communications. I basically studied video and writing.
I currently work as office manager for an audio production company. Now i know what you’re thinking that’s close to what I went to school for…not really. I answer phones and update the calendar etc. not even close to what I went to school for. I make crappy money and pay what I can towards my loans, living in the city doesn’t help much so I struggle each day all because I want to be in the film industry…the very misleading film industry.
Like I said the classes were fun and entertaining I learned a lot. I worked at the school TV station for a few years and meet some great people etc. but I had no idea that all of this would get me really nowhere.
I would suggest people who are serious and have money to go to film school in California or NYC. I would not suggest it to the average person. The reason for this is it’s expensive; one to go to school and two you don’t really get a whole lot out of it if you go to school here on the east coast. The internship on the east coast are lame compared to what you could get in Cali for example. For those of us who dreamt of working for some big production company and making movies its unrealistic–it does happen, sure every once in a great while but more often than not those of us with childhood dreams of being some big time producer soon realize a year or so out of school that it was all just a waste because we struggle every day with loans and little to no money.
Based on my experience, if I would do it all over again, I’d minor or sign up for the tv club while studying business or marketing. Those are the jobs that pay–those are the more realistic jobs. Film and music are amazing outlets to everyday life but they’re so hard to come by. It’s sad really because I wanted so badly to work on films and like I said a year out of college you realize wow that was a big waste of time and money. It’s all a mirage.
The best advice I can give is to take full advantage of all that your professors offer. Be the best and look for the best internships. Go to school in California and take advantage of the movie world out there, although there are thousands of others trying for the same thing if you can work hard and have the money to do so then go for it, stand out and show ‘em what you got.
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