At the time, I was a certified massage therapist in the San Francisco Bay Area. To stay sane from the endless barrage of naked strangers, I took a still photography dark room class at a local Junior college. After my father saw some of my photographs, he suggested I go to art school. The rest is history.
My favorite part would have to be the joy it has been to use my talents to visually enhance a directors vision. Nothing beats a healthy and creative collaboration..
My advise would be if you don’t have access to large budgets, professional actors, or all the time in the world...write 2 page scenes. One location, two actors and learn how to photograph and direct well produced scenes. If you can shoot a scene well, you can shoot a film well.
For the last 9 years I have transitioned into primarily feature length documentaries dealing with civil and human rights. My next film is about human trafficking of native peoples in Utah, USA