Chapter 13

Approaching Your Career

If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it: Every arrow that flies feels the attraction of earth.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

Henry David Thoreau

Imagine, if you would, a photograph of 1000 doors slightly ajar, just enough room to get your foot in, each one representing an assistant editor job. A large majority of these jobs will go to assistant editors who are already well-established in the film industry (slam!) and a large portion to the friends and relatives of producers, directors, and editorial staff (slam!). Of the remaining ...

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