Growing up I have always been taught that
academic careers are the only serious sort, and I go to a highly academic school. I'm applying to do law at uni and the degree does really interest me, but idk if I can see myself being a lawyer or doing an academic career- it's not a 'dream'. I've always been really creative and I love to think of ideas, and since visiting universal studios as a kid I've always secretly liked the idea of screen writing or something like that to do with film. But I never thought about it seriously As I felt stupid talking about it with people because I have no experience with film and they probably would not have taken me seriously. I'm considering attending a screen writing course at a uni in the summer, but idk whether I should still apply for law... I have everything ready and have worked so hard to do well in my a levels. At least it would be a back up? Also, i know many screen writers write along side their job so I'm not sure if it's even worth doing a film degree... help idk what to do (( any advice?
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- Thread Starter
- 30-10-2017 22:55
- 30-10-2017 23:01
Ok here's my advice:
Imagine yourself, 50 or so years from now and retired. Would you have wanted to spend your life in a boring lawyer's career which you never wanted to do in the first place, or would you like to look back and fondly remember how you didn't shape your life around what others thought was an 'academic' career path and you did what you loved most?
Don't design your life around other people - build it around you and do whatever you want. You can't spend your life fulfilling traditional roles for clever people - do you know a single famous person who is famous because they did what society told them to do, and followed the set path? No. So go and be a film maker and be awesome
- 30-10-2017 23:03
Screen writing can be a tough business to break into - it takes a lot of commitment, motivation, sometimes dealing with rejection. Making contacts is a good way (a TV studio or film studio?) - you could try work experience which would give you exposure.
Another idea is to write for videos or films and you could release them on something like Youtube. This would give the public exposure to your work!
Have you spoken to your parents about what you want to do? You could do law at uni if the degree interests you and do your screen writing in your free time and see where it takes you?