A decade ago, when we still lived in the last throes of an analog world, the default path to a career in Hollywood was deceptively simple: Move to Los Angeles, get an entry-level job on the periphery of what you ultimately want to do, hone your skills on nights and weekends, and wait. Eventually you’ll get a chance to show your reel/script/portfolio to someone with influence, and if they think you have talent, congratulations, you’ve “broken in.”
But there are significant problems with that path. Entry-level jobs don’t pay well, so if you have a family to support, that isn’t a real option. Making short films with analog equipment is very expensive and time consuming. And that move to Los Angeles? Probably the biggest hurdle of all for most people.
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