Anonymous asked: Hi Karen! I absolutely love your work as a DP and I love your Tumblr. Like you, I enjoy filmmaking. I am a 4th year Film & Media undergraduate and it would mean the world to me if I could work in film for the rest of my life. As much as I am excited for life after graduation, I have to admit, it also scares the living shit out of me. What advice would you give to an anxious college senior such as myself?
Graduating from college for ANY field is unnerving. You spend so much time and so much money learning…but that doesn’t guarantee you a job. Whatever you decide to do in life, takes a lot of work/energy, and mostly, time. I would recommend this - doing what you love as much as possible whenever you get an opportunity. Volunteer to work on shoots, ask people you admire if you can shadow them, look on craigslist or something of the like for projects to work on, or ask students if they need help on their projects. The biggest problem about graduating is that everyone feels entitled and it becomes more difficult to get a job because no one wants to “settle”. While you should be compensated for your work, be humble, and work on projects for free. Who knows, you may meet someone who may really be able to take you on, on a really great gig in the future. Work hard as much as you can and be humble. That’s all I can really recommend.