I’m struggling to get ahead in the industry. Is it worth it to get my masters in cinematography to set myself apart?

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If you have the time and financial resources, then I'd say go for it. The networking alone is worth its weight in gold.

Achieving success in the film industry is never easy, but it can be made easier with a Masters in Cinematography. Having an official qualification in this area can help give you a competitive edge, as it shows that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to make yourself stand out from other professionals who may not have the same level of formal education.

I think it will give you an advantage. I know others look at the experience. But your master's will boost your credentials.

In my honest view, a master's degree is absolutely necessary if you want to be allowed to teach at a university, but without it, you can still accomplish your goals in terms of becoming a filmmaker or working in the sector.

According to a friend who has pursued the same degree in the past, the only way it benefitted them was when they had no other move but to teach film. Think about it long and hard before you make a decision.

It can give you an edge over the others, however, the best way sometimes is to know the right people. Get yourself out there and start meeting people.

I personally do not think degrees really make a difference in the film world. You will advance based on your connections. If you do go back to school, I would say be intentional about building relationships.

I think that it will help you perfect your craft. I'm sure you will learn something or things that will take your cinematography to the next level.

It's a gamble, I'd say. But it might be worth it. So why not give it a go?

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