Suggestions For A Married College Graduate?

Suggestions For A Married College Graduate? Topic: Smart showcase schools
June 20, 2019 / By Garret
Question: OK, here's my story: I just graduated from Film School with a BA in Film. I have always loved Movies and I still do. Motion Pictures are like Medicine for Life to me. I keep my Tylenol and Excedrin Pills next to my DVD collection so I know where to find them. However, after going through school and practicing what I watched for so long, the lifestyle doesn't apeal to me so much anymore. I know that once I get me name out there in the business, more jobs will start raining in. But I've done a lot free Production Assistant and Film Intern Jobs for just that reason, and now bills are starting to rain down on me. I also just got married and I wouldn't feel comfortable traveling all the time or scrambling for work project after project. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what other stuff I can possibly do with my life? I've already applied to local news stations and other local Film Companies here in Dallas, TX. Just wanting to hear what you guys have to say.
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Devan Devan | 6 days ago
I think that applying to local companies was a very smart move. It is going to be tough to move into a different field when your major was so specific. You may also be able to get into theater production with your background, so I think applying in those type of positions would be a good outlet too, however the hours definitely wouldn't be 9-5. Why not do a job search on your local career website under Entertainment or miscelleneous and see if anything strikes your fancy. Get all your work samples together in some kind of portfolio or pehaps DVD or media file - I think that would be a good idea to showcase all you can do.
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Devan Originally Answered: College Graduate Moving To California, Any Suggestions Were To Live?
Yeah, I agree - find a job first. It's really tough out here. I have several friends with degrees who are either unemployed, or working part time seasonal jobs right now. That being said, the amount of money you need depends on where you want to live, and how much space you want. Here in the Bay Area, a studio would probably cost at least $1000 a month. So for deposits and first/last month's rent, $3000 should cover it (doesn't include furniture, food, or any other expenses). If you just rent a single room, it will be around $500 a month. San Francisco is significantly more expensive than the rest of the Bay. Los Angeles and Southern California is a bit less expensive, and Sacramento and the rest of the Central Valley is more reasonable. Warm year round? Depends on how you define warm. Except for high elevations in the Sierra and Siskiyou mountains, most of California does not get cold enough for snow. Central Valley and Bay Area winter temps are around 50-60 highs, as low as freezing for lows. Rain storms throughout the winter. The closer you get to the ocean, the more moderate the weather is - cooler in the summer, not as cold in the winter. Coastal places like San Francisco and Monterey are around the same temperature all year. I'm not as familiar with weather in So Cal, but from what I understand it is a lot warmer and they rarely get rain storms.

Berkeley Berkeley
Why did you get married if you were so financially unstable? As a college graduate you should at least have the brains to know that money matters are the one thing married couples argue about most as well as being one of the major factors of divorce. Depending on what your wife does for a living you may find yourself having to relocate to where jobs are more plentiful in your chosen field. Or you may have to take something that isn't in your field tempoarily to pay the bills.
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Berkeley Originally Answered: Any suggestions for speaking with a graduate school?
You most likely won't get what you want accomplished at the career fair. There will probably only be representatives for the general school, not your program. Graduate admissions are decided by the department. If you want to make connections and increase your likelihood of getting in, start by researching the professors in the department you want to get into. Read their publications, identify which professor(s) you would be interested in working with, and email them. Grad schools want students whose research interests are compatible with their current faculty. If you're not a good fit, you won't get in no matter how impressive your CV is. For example, I knew a girl who was interested in researching ADHD. She did several undergraduate projects on this topic to establish her interest. She applied only to Psychology PhD programs that currently had ADHD research going on. She got into every single school but one, which is saying something considering how competitive it is to get into a Clinical Psych program without a Master's.
Berkeley Originally Answered: Any suggestions for speaking with a graduate school?
Dress for success and wear nice clothes. Make business cards or take a resume with you. Take a folder so you have a place to put the information from the tables. Offer to give them your contact information. Make a list of questions to ask them before hand about the program and about applying. And try to be relaxed.

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