How do you make it in Hollywood? Tony Mark, the founder and director of the CayFilm Cayman International Film Festival, shared stories of success with aspiring filmmakers at DeSales University.
Mark worked as a filmmaker in Hollywood for about 20 years before moving to the Cayman Islands and starting the film festival. He landed his first job out of NYU as a production assistant and eventually worked his way up to editor, writer, and director.
“I was very much not focused on one track,” he said. “I went where the opportunity was.”
Mark warned students that they’ll likely have to take what they can get when starting out in the business. He also stressed the importance of hard work, perseverance, and networking.
“You get hired because of the contacts you make. That’s how the networking starts. If you’re not the first one there and the last one to leave, people remember. If you’re not fun to work with, people remember.”
TV/Film students at DeSales are required to submit films to CayFilm. The annual festival promotes the Cayman Islands as a world-class filming destination and a place to visit and do business. For more information, visit www.cayfilm.com.
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