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Film Schools - How to Choose a Winner

May 6, 2008
Acting seems to be one of the things many people would like to do. It can certainly be rewarding, but it's probably one of the hardest areas of the film industry to break into.

If you're hoping to work in film or television, there are plenty of other areas to consider. For example, you might think about producing, directing or script writing. Choosing the right film school is one of the key decisions you'll make.

The first step along the road to the film industry is to choose the type of career you're going to pursue. Almost any job in film pays well so you'll need to prepare yourself to be up against plenty of competition. Also keep in mind that you'll probably have to start at the bottom, usually as a PA or production assistant doing things like answering the phone and getting coffee.

Also know that you'll need to move to where the work is. If you're planning on working in film this often means working on location for weeks, sometimes months at a time.

How to Find The Film School That Meets Your Criteria

If your passion is continuity, don't go to one of the film schools that focuses on directing. While it is typically important to get a feel for all areas of film production, you'll want to spend the most time focusing on your own career goals.

Look for film schools that allow you to take specific classes in your film degree rather than a set course load.

With the way the film industry has been growing in recent years, you'll find film schools popping up all over the place. Make sure you do some thorough research before choosing one so you don't wind up paying a lot of money for a diploma that won't benefit you.

Check to see how long the school has existed and make sure you check their credentials. Some large universities are even starting to offer film degrees, and they are often highly regarded in the film industry so that is another possibility.
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Are you looking for more helpful advice about the top film schools for acting, directing or other aspects of the film and television industry? Check out the Top Film Schools website at http://www.topfilmschools.info for more helpful information.
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