February 11, 2010

The reason I'm doing this

I'm a Brazilian in my middle thirties. Graduated in Journalism and Psychology, with a Master in Cinema (Audiovisual Aesthetics). I currently make a living as a freelance news article writer for a few magazines in  Brazil (Sao Paulo City). I've covered several areas, such as economy and business or interior design. But now I write about entertainment (films, cable TV, internet, digital life).

I have some experience as a scriptwriter and director of corporate videos and political campaigns. Also collaborated on the script of a feature film that was nominated for seven Brazilian awards at Gramado City - including Best Screenplay - and won to Best Actress. I collaborated and co-directed a 16mm short film as well.

But those were a long time ago, in another century, as matter of fact. At that time I wasn't stubborn enough to keep going. Thought that a safe, comfortable and ordinary life would fulfill the lack of a dream that seemed impossible to reach. Pretty foolish, huh?

Well, a decade later, I realized there's no way of being happy unless you go for your dreams. I want a fresh start and a carreer change. But that's quite a challenge, 'cause we (Brazilians) don't have a film industry. The market is really narrow and difficult to access. I'm no longer a newbie or an intern that can afford to work for free just to learn the skills. Couldn't think of a better way to stand out from the crowd than applying for a short-term course in the best hands-on film school in the world according to many of today's top filmmakers*. Plus, that's all my humble money could buy.

So, I'm quitting a job that sucks and leaving behind all my certainties to a great single dive into the unkown.



* New York Film Academy is the acting and film school of choice of many Hollywood filmmakers and actors who have sent a son or daughter to study with them, like Steven Spielberg, Kevin Kline, Al Pacino, Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx, Jodie Foster, Pierce Brosnan, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins, Bono(U2), directors Stephen Frears, Peter Bogdonavich, Roger Donaldson, James L. Brooks among others.

1 comment:

The Film Connoisseur said...

Wow, our stories are pretty similar...mid thirties, tired of my 9-5 job...pursuing my dreams of filmmaking (which I should have done in the first place!) so here I am...about to take the big step this coming September! Im going to New York City to study film! Im enjoying your blog a lot!

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