When it comes to choosing one’s craft, passion is often a guiding force but sometimes, passion is never enough to go through the hurdles placed on one’s path. Like any other craft, filmmaking has always been dear to my heart and the hurdles I have been faced with are not of this world, chai, I don suffer.
Dearest, can you remember the first time you fell in love with movies? That moment you knew that this was a lifelong love? For me, it was when I was 10 and the movie was Matilda, remember her, the girl with the magical powers?
Watching Matilda made me realize that I could create another world for others to live in, even for just a few hours and since then, my journey to enjoying film-making began.
However, I did not actively start pursuing film making until I finished university, you know how typical Nigerian parents can be, “Whose house do you want to become an actor?” my mum asked, “A filmmaker, not an actor oh” I responded. “Anyone, filmmaker oh, actor oh, they are all the same thing, it is not lucrative,” she replied.
The very first trial would be how to go about convincing your family that you would need money to create films that might not become “hits”. The idea of trying to persuade them to see things from your angle and them allowing you to follow that path is not always easy to convey.
If and when you cross that hurdle, the next would be getting your first chance. As a rookie, getting your foot in the door can be hard. Who is willing to give you a chance? Who is ready to take that leap of faith to hire an amateur? This hurdle is perhaps the most difficult as you have to go through rigorous moments trying to prove yourself and working for “free” to show that you know your salt. This rookie hurdle as I like to call it can take many years to overcome as making movies is a constantly evolving craft.
When this hurdle has been overcome, the next is dealing with “impostor syndrome,” and rejection. The question of am I good enough? Is my film worthy enough for recognition? What could I have done better? While this hurdle lasts throughout one’s career, overcoming it per time helps you learn and be better.
Then comes the hurdle of relevance, networking, and mingling with the right crowd in the industry. This boils down to your values, as it places you with the calibre of people you desire to be like. Also, be careful, do not be too rigid, and don’t be too flexible, this movie-making industry, things dey shele, have a stance.
In all, keep at it because one day, you will achieve success as you chase excellence in your craft. Keep at it because that “overnight blowing” takes many years to achieve.
Another Budding Filmmaker
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