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Film School by Jason B. Kohl

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Chapter fourCraft an Exit Strategy

Ambition means tying your well being to what other people say or do.

Self indulgence means tying it to the things that happen to you. Sanity means tying it to your own actions.

Marcus Aurelius, The Meditations

As you continue on through film school, shaping your voice and building your network, you will need to develop an exit strategy. As mentioned, students (particularly graduate students) often spend thousands of extra dollars on tuition (i.e. debt) for the sole purpose of delaying this transition into the real world. In this chapter I’ll talk about the transition between film school and real life, and some ways that you can prepare for it.

1. The Lean Years

Lean years follow in the wake of a great ...

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