“We don’t make movies to make money, we make money to make more movies.”
– Walt Disney
As wonderful as this quote may be in terms of discovering your passion, at the end of the day, we all need to make money to survive. Success may come eventually, but initially we all have to work hard to make the money we need to survive and keep following our passions.
“There’s nothing creative about living within your means.”
– Francis Ford Coppola
And this is a fact, what you do in the film industry may need a lot of creativity, but you still have to be realistic about how you’re going to earn a living.
“I was always a filmmaker before I was anything else. If I was always anything, I was a storyteller, and it never really made much of a difference to me what medium I worked in.”
– Nicholas Meyer
Luckily for you, when it comes to film making, there’s a lot you can do in terms of having a career. Here are just a few of the plethora of career avenues you could take up:
This industry has over 500 unique job roles! With more than 600 television channels, 100 million pay-TV households and 1,000 films produced annually, India’s vibrant Media and Entertainment (M&E) industry provides attractive growth opportunities not just for global corporations, but for budding film students and graduates, too. And to add a little frosting to the cake, international film studios such as Warner Bros., Disney, Fox, and Dreamworks have entered into the market and collaborated with local film production houses to develop Hindi and regional movies!
Astounding, isn’t it?
To give you a better idea of your income potential we’ve got some average salaries of various crew members for you to ponder over.
While it may be difficult to come across, there is a lot of money in this industry and with hard work and experience, you too (without a doubt) will be able to earn just as much as those big shots out there.
“Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.”
– Alfred Hitchcock
To help you move in the right direction, we’ve also got a list of firms for different career avenues within the industry that have proven to be great stepping stones for many individuals in their journey to success.
Advertising Film Production Houses
Television Production Houses
Film Production Houses
Even if you are not at the far end of your degree program, now would be a good time to start looking these companies up on the internet, following their social media profiles/pages, and gauging the scope for freshers like yourself in the industry. Planning early will ensure you aren’t left confused by the time you finish your B.Sc. in Film Making.
Now that you are better equipped with the information you need to move forward, go out there and make your mark!
“Pain is temporary, film is forever!”
– John Milius