Your whole life your parents have been telling you that one-day you’ll wish you listened to them. Maybe the start of your film career is that day. It may be hard to admit but there are some things your parents told you that are actually relevant to your career.

 1.    It’s not the end of the world.

There are a lot of things that can get you down working in independent film. Money, rejection, stress, networking; These can all stress you out and make you want to go home
toyour Netflix and cry into a bottle of wine. Well here’s where your parents were right, it’s not the end of the world. Not everyone is born rich and can easily follow his or her film dreams, not everyone is going to like your work and not everyone is going to want to work with you. This doesn’t mean your life is over it just means that you haven’t found the right person, or producer yet.

 2.    Be prepared for rejection.

In every part of life you could face rejection. Whether you’re asking someone out, trying out for the team, or pitching a script. You need to mentally prepare yourself for the fact that it could happen. But don’t refuse to put yourself out there. You need to take the opportunities given to you whether rejection is a risk or not.  You’ll just feel so much better if you get accepted when you feared the worst, and the pain will be eased if you’re rejected and were prepared to hear the no.

 3.   You really can be anything that you want to be.

In this industry there are countless things that you could do. Imagine, you’re one of the brave people who actually decided to follow your dreams instead of settle for a boring office job. Embrace the fact that you have more talent then you thought and that you really can succeed in film as long as you don’t get in your own way. No one is going to stop you but yourself.

 4.    Play nice with the other kids.

If you ask my mother I wasn’t always one to try and make new friends on the playground. However, the older I’ve got the easier it seems to be to make friends. Networking is a huge part of your career in film. Being nice is very important. People want to see that you’re easy to work with and motivated with well with others. If your parents are still telling you to stop pulling peoples hair, you should probably re-think your priorities.

 5.    Don’t stress the little things.

Just like it not being the end of the world, not everything is as bad as it seems at the time. Did you burp during your pitch? Although that isn’t a good thing, just laugh it off; it’s not worth being torn up about. Stop and think what is really going to matter in the long run. If 5 years from now it’s not going to be life-destroying chances are it isn’t now.  If you have
one bad day shooting don’t sweat it, you’ll only be stressed out about every other day worry it could end the same.

Even though eating your vegetables and not biting your sister doesn’t apply to filmmaking, your parents did have some valuable input to give.  Though they may have seemed upset when you told them you wanted to be a filmmaker instead of a doctor, they’re probably some of the people who believe in you the most. Thanks Mom!