Getting a Job as a Production Director
I'm currently a senior in High School who is interested in pursuing a career in Video Production. I have a few questions that would greatly help me in understanding the industry and choosing my first steps wisely:
1. What major is best suited for getting a job on a Film/Television set?
2. How long does it take to work up the job hierarchy from a PA to a Production Director.
3. What activities should I be doing besides school to make my resume more attractive to hiring managers.
4. Should I try to make a name for myself in the Indie scene or focus on getting acquainted with the corporate environment of bigger production studios, even if that means working for minimum wage with little responsibilities.
5. What is the best way to network with people already established in the industry? Should I go to festivals or use social media?
As you're in Texas, maybe do some searches for schools near big cities like Houston to see which ones offer majors and programs that could help you work towards this career. If going to school near a large city is not convenient for you right now, then look into community colleges that have these programs, as you can get a 2 year degree there and then consider a move to a 4-year university.
Best of luck to you.
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Theater and/or film can definitely be a great major to start off with in college. I took Theater as my minor in college and we had to participate in every production our university performed and I was able to do everything from building the sets to lighting and sound and even work on costumes and make-up. I didn't get in to the Film side however, so something to definitely look in to if you want to get in to television or film. You mights want to focus your college search on an arts/film school that is specific to what you are looking for since you seem to know exactly what you want.
Good luck :-) Hope this was helpful