Sometimes The Best Work In The Film Industry Pays The Worst — Andy Rydzewski

Film Courage: I’m not sure if you’re okay talking about this but did you go through a period of time where you were not able to pay your bills being a cinematographer?

Andy Rydzewski, Cinematographer: I’m happy to discuss that, yes. I’ve been in Los Angeles for 15 years (something like that) and I’ve been broke for probably 11 of them, 10…something like that? Problematically broke for five, six years and I feel very lucky. This is one of the things that I am always very thankful for is that I always knew that I wanted to be involved in filmmaking or at least from a very young age. I didn’t know if it was realistic. My mother wanted me to be a doctor. My whole family are doctors except for me. But I just loved it so much…filmmaking…the idea of it and any little taste I got. I slept in my car…my last semester of undergrad I slept in my car. I went to the gym in the morning to shower. I never felt…it kind of felt romantic. I never felt like I was sacrificing even though I guess I was, it didn’t feel that way because I was pursuing this kind of weird dream and it always and money…I will say it’s tricky if you’re raising a family and all of that but for me it has always served me well to ignore money in the jobs I pursue and all of that. I have friends who are doing well in let’s say the commercial world or the corporate world in terms of filmmaking and they will tell me that they are envious of me because I’ve shot some features and TV shows but then something will come their way, some low-budget feature and they will say no because the pay is no good. But then they get frustrated that…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

 


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