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I've actually started studying to become a filmmaker this year. I can't really think of myself doing anything else as a job, I think I can say it's my dream. I have high hopes and high excpectations about that. I hope me and anyone else here who's going the same way succeed :kitteh:

And yeah, I think it's a really good job for an INFP. It has everything to do with understanding and picturing deep emotions through many forms of art. We have what it takes to make people cry (in a good way).
 

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All or nothing right?
Look man, its good that you can dream like that, but you have to see the world for how it is. No offense, but filmmaking is looked on the outside as an easy job, therefore the job market is going to be filled with people trying to direct anything they can. You'll probably find the only way to make money would be to direct porn, and even then, the market for that is over saturated as well. i can understand its a fun career, hell, i'd love to do something like that, but its just not street smart. If you ever plan to have a wife and kids some day, you really want to question where your next meal is coming from? Filmmaking is all freelance work, theres no guarantee of work. Plus with so many people wanting to follow a career like that, demand for filmmakers will go down, allowing the employers to pay you even less so that when you do find work, it'll not be enough to pay for even your necessities. I understand its fun, and its interesting, but life isnt meant to be fun or interesting. I would have loved to study psychology, since i read books about it all the time. But even that has a tremendous following, making me unsure of its future. Thats why i picked electrical engineering. It's a lot of hard work but when i get a steady paycheck and can provide for everybody that has taken care of me, well then that's worth way more than rolling the dice and hoping i become the next famous dr phil, or next steven spielberg. You're spending your money in school, just to roll the dice.
 

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@DeritIS You don't have to be completely poor if you can somehow teach at a university while making films (just offering a possibility lol). I am in a documentary filmmaking class (taught by an active filmmaker) and we had a guest filmmaker who I highly suspect to be an INFP. he produces documentaries about issues he feels deeply about...he is also disconnected from the movements of the masses; therefore his documentaries offer a fresh perspective on issues.
also, he does a lot of avant-garde film... i can imagine an INFP being an amazing avant-garde filmmaker..whether it's documentaries or movies.

neither my professor or the dude I described are rich or famous. while he was able to produce a documentary for BBC, he is nowhere near a steven spielberg, michael moore, errol morris...the odds of that happening are slim. however, both of the profs love film theory and don't care if they're not rich.
 

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What you thing about this career for an infp?
please share your experience and opinions :)
I thought I would just revive this interesting thread. I like the idea of making films, the creative side of it and trying to weave metaphors, symbols and meanings into a story. I am not sure I like the idea of being a 'director' though i.e. directing other people whether they be actors or other filmcrew. Of course anyone can do anything with enough effort and directing can be learnt but I wonder if overall it would be a good fit (?). What do others think, any INFP filmmakers out there who could perhaps provide some insight?

Cheers.
 

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I wish you the best of luck on your journey to becoming a film maker! :)

I think it's great that you are following your dreams. There's too many people in the world that can't say that. I just want you to know and keep in mind that things may not work out as perfectly as you imagined. As INFPs, I feel like that happens way too often - at least for me. We dream and dream and sometimes forget to think about how it really is or how it might really turn out to be. I found the comment about you becoming a homeless person a bit harsh. While that is a perfectly fine opinion, it doesn't have to be that way.

It's okay to dream and it's okay to follow them, but realize there will be bumps along the way and realize that it may get tough. I have high respect for people who are able to do this. And I think INFPs could make awesome filmmakers - it's just that there is only so much room for people to climb their way to fame. You have to be okay with the possibility of not being able to make that much money.

And I'm not sure about "directing," but I definitely agree that it can be learned with time. I personally am very into film as well, but I would never dream of being a "director." Perhaps a more "behind the scenes" role would be more suitable. But maybe an INFP with more developed social skills and leadership ability can?
 

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Look man, its good that you can dream like that, but you have to see the world for how it is. No offense, but filmmaking is looked on the outside as an easy job, therefore the job market is going to be filled with people trying to direct anything they can. You'll probably find the only way to make money would be to direct porn, and even then, the market for that is over saturated as well. i can understand its a fun career, hell, i'd love to do something like that, but its just not street smart. If you ever plan to have a wife and kids some day, you really want to question where your next meal is coming from? Filmmaking is all freelance work, theres no guarantee of work. Plus with so many people wanting to follow a career like that, demand for filmmakers will go down, allowing the employers to pay you even less so that when you do find work, it'll not be enough to pay for even your necessities. I understand its fun, and its interesting, but life isnt meant to be fun or interesting. I would have loved to study psychology, since i read books about it all the time. But even that has a tremendous following, making me unsure of its future. Thats why i picked electrical engineering. It's a lot of hard work but when i get a steady paycheck and can provide for everybody that has taken care of me, well then that's worth way more than rolling the dice and hoping i become the next famous dr phil, or next steven spielberg. You're spending your money in school, just to roll the dice.
'Life isn't meant to be fun or interesting'...? Well that's depressing. And not true at all. What's the point in life if you aren't enjoying yourself and it is boring?

Film making is competitive yes but if you really love it and work really hard you will be at least moderately successful. And who cares if you are not a billionaire if you are doing what you truly love?
 
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