A quick scroll though IMDB will remind you that every single director you’ve ever admired, respected, and cited as your definition of success in the industry has had a career involving a mix of ups and downs, feverishly busy times, and distressingly slow times. And that’s just what you can see from the produced work. That says nothing of the projects that never made it to the screen. The “almost made its.”

The cyclical nature of sustaining a career in the film and television industry is something you can perceive as exciting or exhausting—or both. You do have to find a way to get started, beyond thinking and talking about it. You do have to find a way to stick it out. To navigate your success so you don’t muck it up. To ...

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