“Never treat anything you do as a stepping stone. Do it fully, and follow it completely.”

Mira Nair

you won’t find an advertisement for the job of feature film director for a $100-million film on LinkedIn—or even on a more targeted job search site, like Mandy. Nobody’s doing a nationally advertised search for the next blockbuster feature director—and the same goes for television. Want to direct a hit sitcom? You won’t find an ad for that gig online.

This is where the film and television industry differs from other industries. If your ultimate goal were to run the national sales division for a high-end car company, you could find and apply for the job online. That’s not where you would start, of course, ...

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