So I grew up in California and was completely unoriginal and wanted to be a film maker. But movies are my passion, so I'll just keep doing what I'm doing.
How do I keep getting the wackadoo projects?
There is no one way to go about things. I did a lot of different jobs on set before I figured out I love writing and producing. I would suggest start working on set as a PA. Even if at first its for free. Experience is the best learning tool, especially for figuring out what and how you want to go about things. This entire industry is about the people you know. So working with people is a great way to meet them. If you’re looking for PA jobs then look on sites like Craigslist or Mandy; or even ask any of the film majors at your school if they need help on their thesis or something. Once you find the first couple of jobs, as long as you’re a hard worker and willing to learn people will call you back. I’ll warn you independent and gorilla shoots are not glamorous.
How I got my first pilot made is I was a makeup artist on a play and the lead actor happened to also be a line producer. We became friends and I told him about an idea I had and was just asking for advice and he then asked if he could produce the pilot. I’ll be honest that show hasn’t gone very far, but it opened the doors for more opportunities.