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ANONYMOUS READER ASKS: I graduated from SUNY-Oneonta recently with a degree in Mass Communications and a minor in Journalism (please save the state school joke, it's below you). I was writing for newspapers for a while and realized I'd rather work in film. I then interned at a production company as an assistant to the president. I've finished my internship and am now seeking steady employment. I am having trouble finding it like everyone else.
What I want to know is, do you think my degree is holding me back at all? Would a minor or major in film have been more suitable for a career at an agency in LA? Are state schools actually looked down upon in real life?
|Fake Ari don't dig on swine|
Chortle. Fake Ari makes Fake Ari laugh.
Fake Ari believes that in Hollywood, like in much of the business world, the type of degree and the name of your school is helpful, but it is far from the only important factor in securing a job. Fake Ari has had grads from Harvard and Northwestern as well as University of Arizona and (gag) Florida State fetch him coffee. If you can prove to Fake Ari, or all the Fake Ari wannabes out there, that you are determined, reliable and smart, you might have a chance in Ari-wood. Otherwise you're fucked.
ANONYMOUS READER ASKS: Could an assistant make themselves more valuable if they had a killer movie project to try to shepherd around while they worked? That seems to be a way to elevate themselves from temp to exec.
|Fake Ari is a rich man|
Fake Ari thinks you are missing the point. If Fake Ari were you, he would take key steps like...WRITING A FUCKING SCRIPT! Or if you've actually made this key first step, although he's doubtful that you have, then network. And network some more. And when you're done doing that, keep doing it until you find someone interested in representing you or working with you. Produce on your own time, not while you're making Fake Ari's shiatsu massage appointment.