I like people with really large heads. In the physical sense. Way back in ‘95 I received a B.F.A in Illustration w/a minor in History. I came pretty damn close to making a living as a political cartoonist (the large head fetish), soooooo close and yet so far. I’ve been bitter ever since and take great joy in making those around me feel very uncomfortable in my presence. I’ve already drawn most of you (those of you with photos in your profile) doing some pretty bizarre things to each other. I currently hold a normal job that pays well enough but is very unsatisfying. I have no knowledge of film other than what I see and read but I am learning quite a bit here at The Auteurs. I dabble in writing and have been trying to convince a friend of mine, who is a writer, to collaborate on a graphic novel. And finally, as the great British Major-General Henry Clinton once said, “I’m a shy bitch”.
What’ya know, my first double post. I’m sure you didn’t want to read that thing twice!
I’m 47 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. I’m a professional trainer for a non-profit social work organization.
Business/Technology Librarian (MS in Info Studies). Let’s go with 27-33, m’kay.
34, Some college. Mostly self educated. Since it’s tough making a living in the world of art, I’m going with an associates degree in computer science. I’ll never give up on trying to make it as an artist though.
Wow I’m a cinephile who hates higher education. I am 21 and dropped out at 19, I realized that university doesn’t have a monopoly on knowledge and they were charging way too much, I also prefer directors who did not go to film school.
40. MPA (Masters in Public Administration), currently a healthcare economist & lobbyist.
Richard David Pitre——- Damn! I wish I realized that a little sooner. Although, back in the day, it was a great place for resources. Today, you have it all at the tip of your fingers. I don’t think I would go to college today either.
Age: 26. Education: BA in Contemporary World Literature, MA in American Studies. Currently, a Ph.D. student in American Studies.
RDP & you college dropouts out there. I hope all goes well for you, but like you, I dropped out of college at 19 because I thought it could no longer teach me anything I couldn’t learn from a book or thinking it out for myself. While this may have been true, it prevented me from ever realizing my potential in the workplace. It forced me to work for my working life in jobs that were way below my own potential, just because I didn’t have the requisite degree to advance. Don’t get caught in the employment ghetto for the lack of a degree. If you can pursue the things you want without one, so be it, but you have now been warned by someone who had to learn things the hard way. Oh sure, I am able to spout theories, philophies, bits and pieces of knowledge, with the best of them, but I wish I had been paid for it or had a more intellectually rewarding career. Those of you that are in one, you know what I mean.
I’ll just blame society for all my problems, it’s easier that way.
NYIS, I’m impressed.You sould be very proud. World Literature is very important.
I know what you mean exactly Bob. This is why I’m going back to school. I not only hate my job but I also hate going through life with litte income. After a while it becomes depressing at times.
28 – Bachelor Degrees in Film Production and Entertainment Business
48. B.A. in Film (I went on to produce industrials). Currently working on my MBA.
17, heading to college in the Fall. Plan on getting at least a graduate degree in English Lit., hopefully a doctorate in it at some point in my life.
18,Majoring in cinema arts to become a director and a film historian at a community college(transferring to a university after, hopefully:).
29, a mere high school graduate and you can feel free to use that against me everytime I defend ‘Crash’ and any other examples of facile vulgarity :)
28. English major turned attorney. Film, food, and fashion keep me sane.
39, Sociology, which prepped me for a dazzling career in retail – I treasure the freedom to study the habits of superparents who have the recession-busting luxury of indulging fondnesses for pinot and blow, after shipping the kids off to chef camp in France (I work in a neo-urbanist community of faux row houses and ‘village greens’ – the campaign headquarters and indescribably insufferable, backslappy staff of a well-coiffed and now-thoroughly disgraced would-be national political personality was a block up the street. Superparents, German-engineered strollers, trophy wives, chef camp in France, and bi-annual dabbling in exotic stimulants goes with the territory.)… I got home from another day and another dollar about 2 hours ago, and have to rant – the pain is still fresh.
To Bob, and Christopher B, I feel your pain: Chapel Hill is the under-employment capital of the universe – seemingly every resident has 10 Ph.D’s; degrees are a dime a dozen here. The guy who rents me videos has a masters in physics.
When asked my age, if there is a mountain somewhere in the background, I will point to it, and say “That was a small pile of dirt when I was young.”
45 and HS diploma
John Stossel and Suze Orman, both dicks, were on 20/20 last night talking about how going to college isn’t worth it.
Suze Orman makes wads of cash telling people common sense. I am jealous of her job, and intimidated by her mandibles.
Never listen to John Stossel about the economy, book and film reviews, child rearing advice, or corporate exposés. He excels at giving expert advice in fields that are clearly new to him. Quite a tool.
Since i’ll be 18 soon enough i just tell people i’m 18. And this fall i plan on going to my local community college! I’m setting the bar pretty high for the rest of my life, i know.
26, Literature and Film Studies undergrad. at Sussex University. Possible masters at either Cambridge, Sussex or UCL looming – likely in literature as until we catch up to the Americans over here, or at least develop our own testicles when it comes to film, it’s a pursuit not worth tailing. More interdisciplinary scope in lit.
Age 25 Bachelors Degree in Political Science
took a few
film classes though
15, plan on going to NYU and studying film and philosophy.
Age 36 – Moved to the U.S. from the Philippines in ‘91. Worked professionally as an illustrator/ designer in San Francisco for many years, and as a journeyman musician for countless bands. Soon mobilized for active military duty after 9-11 and have survived numerous back2back2back deployments ever since as a Navy combat cameraman, shooting mostly classified stuff. Answered the call as one among thousands yankee foreign legionnaires, so you kids don’t have to ha-ha-ha! Always loved films, a cinephile with no formal education but a casual reader of film journals and literatures. Closest thing to working in films was working as a cel artist on many popular U.S. animation/ Japanese Animei titles for a sub-sub-sub contractor (actually, an equivalent of a sweatshop) back in the late ’80’s, years before CG. Stumbled upon theauteurs Iraq, while trying to order some dvds online, now it’s cutting on every little internet time available here but hey, it’s a great community so grandma just have to wait for my email. The only upside of being here, there’s plenty of bootleg dvds to find in the back alley bazaars – an out-of-print The Swimmer, and Naked Prey for $10 each (sorry, Criterion!). Hopefully this mess will be over soon, ‘cause Ive been missing out on many film festivals that I used to attend regularly back in the happier days. You guys are al’right. Stay in school, drop out, whatever you do, just enjoy life!
23 ; looking to pursue a masters in media studies next spring.