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As an aspiring commercial / film director, what should I be doing during this time to make progress towards my goals?

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make films non stop

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Spending the hundreds of thousands of dollars you have in the bank to make spec commercials and films.

I am kidding. And this might sound bleak, but we are living in bleak times. Movies (like restaurants) arent really the best thing to be going into right now. Plus sets are such a mess that it affects what kind of work you can even do. Plus any money you have in the bank you should save because you dont know if youre gonna lose your job (or if you currently have no job, if you will get one).

And we havent even talked about how few commercials are getting shot.

Im sorry, I know this isnt the typical inspiring, “yeeaahhh crush it!!” Its risk averse advice, but my god man look around. Not exactly a growth industry for the foreseeable future yknow?

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I mean yes its incredibly easy and accessible now to make stuff with only your phone, and thats very cool. But its also devalued creativity and made it harder for even the top people to make a living at it (directors tend to be from rich families anyway, ha). I really dont want you to hear “give up your dream,” —of course you can still make things. But we’ve all just got to hunker down and admit some realities this year, and for an unknown amount of time afterwards.

Excel in your current job and let’s hope things get better/healthier in 2021.

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Watch a ton of good films. Really. Foreign, documentaries, children’s. Get Criterion, study the classics, but also the shitty ones. This is hands down the best time to shape your vision by watching.

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Make a short film

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