If you’re anything like me, there have numerous times when you say to yourself, “This class is never going to benefit me in the real world, why do I have to take it?” I’ve noticed that the closer one gets to graduation, the more beneficial classes are to real life. This has never been more true than in the last several weeks.
In Mary Erickson’s U.S. Film Industry class a couple weeks ago, we had the opportunity to Skype with a filmmaker named Kelley Baker. He was a humorous guy with an extensive background in narrative and documentary filmmaking, and it dawned on me how excellent of a resource he could be to me.
See, a few weeks back I was contacted by an Italian documentary filmmaker. He is making a documentary about Madonna and needed a videographer to shoot an interview in Langlois, Oregon. He saw the video I made during the PDX Jazz Festival workshop this year and decided I would do.
In the interest of getting the best footage for the upcoming interview, I asked Kelley to give me some tips on interviewing, and he happily obliged. One class helps land me a gig, and another class helps me prepare for the gig. How much more practical does it get?
It’s so exciting to see how one workshop led to a paid job for a real documentary, as well as the opportunity to shoot and edit video for my current internship. None of this would have been possible if I didn’t decide to post that Jazz Festival video on Facebook to be seen by a friend who would then recommend me to the Italian documentarian.
Who knows, maybe the video I make for my internship will begin another chain reaction!
I guess I have two points here:
- Find how you can utilize any class/internship/job/creative project to benefit you in the future.
- Shamelessly promote anything you do, as long as it’s worth sharing; it might lead to another opportunity.