Careers in film, Why make a career plan as a filmmaker?

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In this following post you will learn about why a filmmaker may benefit from having a  career plan.

I go through 6 reasons on how a career plan could help

There is also a free film career plan workbook which you can download below.

Click to Tweet: A plan helps us with achieving our goals, it keeps us on track and lets us know when we are doubting ourselves that we are heading in the right direction. 

Before I started to plan my career, I rushed in and was left exhausted and disheartened.

Planning gave me control over my work. Planning lets me know that the work I am doing every day has a purpose. 

Even a basic plan of what steps you are taking this year to benefit your career can help you feel optimistic about the future. You can download the career plan workbook below -

Why do you need a Film Career Plan?

1. To avoid doing nothing

Without a plan, without goals to aim for, you may keep falling back on your goals. You might say to yourself I will do this next month giving yourself an excuse not to get up and make progress. A plan lets you know what you are supposed to be doing every month and day to strive towards your goals.

It is a way of keeping track of your progress.

2. To avoid wasting time

At the start of your film career you may feel that you are wasting time working on low budget film sets. You may also have a part-time job to pay the bills before you can work in film full time. A plan reminds you why you are doing work that you may not enjoy so much, it reminds you why you are taking these steps. A career plan is here to create tangible steps you can actually take towards your goal.

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3. To have confidence in your actions and productivity

If you apply to a handful of jobs and get no reply back you may feel disheartened. Perhaps your CV was not in good enough shape, you may be applying to the wrong type of jobs. You need to have confidence in the actions you are taking to move forwards, there is no guarantee that you will always make the right decisions but a plan at best avoids regret.

4. You Take less risks

You don't need to put yourself in any risk, a plan lets you know the reality how long it will take to meet your career goals. A plan gives you time to decide what job you are going to pursue, it broaden your perspectives and develops your skills. A plan places you into the centre of your actions, it makes you accountable for putting the work in, having an accountability partner can also help us with sticking to our commitments. 

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5. You take responsibility for your weaknesses

With a career plan you take more responsibility for your weaknesses. You can be more honest with yourself - it is much harder to admit to what we are not good at doing.  A plan helps you take action on strengthening your weakness in advance.  You also have more financial responsibility and you are less likely to make an unexpected expense.

6. To have Have everything ready from the get-go

Maybe you didn’t have a show reel ready, and missed out on a job. Maybe you don't have a cover letter, having a plan lets you have all the paper work ready and jobs sites bookmarked. 

A film career plan could save you time.

Being so prepared is not for everyone. Some people have an idea in their minds eye and can make that into reality. For myself having a written out plan, a series of goals that I wish to meet every year helps tremendously. 

I have started to make simple plans every year. These are nothing very detailed nor are they set in stone. For example last years plan was to make my blogs income more consistent. This gives me something to strive for as I do this work. 

If you have any questions on how to plan your film career or what steps to take next leave a comment below.