An Artist Should Quit Their Day Job As Soon As They Can by Jason Satterlund

Film Courage: When should someone quit their job to be a filmmaker?

Jason Satterlund, Filmmaker: As soon as you can because think about it, what the rule of thumb is it takes 10,000 hours to master your craft and the longer you take to get those hours, the longer it’s going to take to kind of really get a handle on this. Because directing takes a lot of time. It takes many, many, many years to really understand all of the aspects of the business so I know at first it can be a challenge because you’re fresh out of school or whatever but as you as you can get…I know when I first started it was really hard for me because I was working at a computer repair center. I knew that every hour I was spending there is one hour I was not spending on set or writing or whatever.

Film Courage: Working with Windows 95?

Jason: I believe it was! That was where I saw my first one gigabyte hardrive. But I remember sitting in the break room at lunch time, I would sit there and look out the window and see all of the cars going past me knowing they are all going somewhere and I was not.

You’ve got to get out of there as fast as you can, find some way to make a living in this business as quickly as you possibly can even if it’s PA-ing on some…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).




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