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Breaking Into Hollywood: Tips For Aspiring Filmmakers

Breaking Into Hollywood: Tips For Aspiring Filmmakers.

Hollywood is arguably the biggest filmmaking market in the world, there are so many career opportunities in the industry. First timers find it difficult to break into Hollywood because the industry is filled with hierarchies and class. Becoming a filmmaker either as a director or producer is easier said than done. This is because a filmmaker is responsible for many things and supervises many departments that it is easy to disappear under the burden, a filmmaker does everything; it is not like other roles in film making. In addition, becoming a known director in Hollywood is not especially easy for someone who is not an American or at least British by birth; thus for a director not of British or American origin, it takes even more effort.


This begs the question – how do I break into Hollywood as a filmmaker? This article addresses this question. To get your big break, it is important you take note of the following things:


Film School.

There is a lot you can learn from attending a film school albeit at an expensive cost. As an aspiring director, it would indeed boost your chances in Hollywood since you will have some contacts the school has ties with that can serve as guardians for you in the industry. Please note:


  • Attending the film school does not guarantee success but it does boost your chances.

  • Attending a top film school will help you build a strong network.


Work for a fee or free.

This is something you really have to consider. As an aspiring filmmaker, you need to have more live action practical lessons. The best way to do this is by getting to work with experienced directors who have already made names for themselves in Hollywood. Be ready to serve others. Doing this will also increase your connections in Hollywood.

There are times when offers are sent around looking for people to fill in a role in a production crew. As an aspiring filmmaker, you should always be available to do some of these works. The most important thing is to be on the credit roll and gain experience. Hollywood movies sell more from their hype and arts, not just the film content. Yes, there are blockbusters but looking at the build-up, you will agree on the art of storytelling in Hollywood is something that cannot be taught but learned by staying close to the action; so get yourself on the set of as many movies as possible, you need the experience.



Before you get to work on large budget movies or blockbuster movies in Hollywood, you need to have a reputation. You are a filmmaker! Do what you do best; direct short movies, comedies, create a YouTube channel and show the world your creations. Develop yourself until you are sure you can handle making your own movie.

The movie you will be making will be funded by you so be sure you have had enough practice. It would likely be a low budget movie but it is okay; you only want to show investors you are different from the crowd. Do note that:


  • You don’t have to break the bank as an aspiring filmmaker. Equipment that gives amazing end result is now cheaper and easier to get.

  • You have to listen to your crew. The best part when creating a good reputation is how well people believe you are original.

  • While making a film, the set requires hundreds of people as actors, actresses, stuntmen, cameramen, make-up artist, etc. but only one Director. This implies that you HAVE to make these low budget movie count. You can’t sit back and wait for a big gig to come your way in the Hollywood Film Industry because it won’t.

  • Ensure you make the movie script and story yours! Be creative. Even for low budget movies, the creativity of a director decides how far the movie will go. You need to be able to tell a good story. This is what Hollywood is all about; the Art! Learn and produce once you have garnered enough experience, blend your imagination into a story and you will be surprised at how successful the movies will be.

  • Build a consistent crew. In a world where there are hundreds of thousands of people vying for the same role, it can be very easy to rotate your production crew; the best thing to do in this situation is to have a fixed crew who you both understand each other. It would motivate them (the crew) into giving it their all.




One cannot talk of Hollywood without mentioning Networking. The saying ‘Birds of the same feather flock together’ best describe this scenario. Networking is a must for any aspiring Film Maker looking to land Hollywood jobs. Here are a few tips to help you increase your connections:


  • Go to events that are sure to pull Film Makers: This is perhaps the fastest way of building your contact list. Some of these events include Award shows, Movies promotional, movies convention, etc. Ensure you engage in small talks when at these events. You are building your connections, don’t be afraid to tell them how much you respect their works.

  • The aim is to build new relationships and get them to have an idea of what stuff you are made of not ask for gigs (present or future) as it would only portray you as desperate

  • Follow-up: This is where the real opportunities will arise. You already got their contact or at least their email address, show them the efforts you are making in your own career and ask for advice; trust me, they would love you for asking.



Marketing contributes to the net success of your film making career. How and where you decide to give the public access to your film decides how much revenue your movie generate.

I hope you now have an idea on how to create a career in Hollywood without having to break the bank; Hollywood is for everyone, carve out a niche for yourself and excel.


Breaking Into Hollywood: Tips For Aspiring Filmmakers.

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