Q. I am fourteen years old, and have been interested in filmmaking, particularly screenwriting and directing for years. I feel as tough I have several good ideas and would like to see them portrayed in film. If you could please take a moment to answer some of my questions on the matter, it will be greatly appreciated. First, how should someone begin to pursue a career in this field? Is this a demanding profession? What are some of the requirements of screenwriting/directing? What steps do I have to follow to get my ideas recognized? Lastly, do I actually have a good chance at being successful?
I have actually answered most of these questions in some depth both on my site and this blog. See my Frequently Asked Question
and the Blog Fu
section of my TV FAQ.
The last question is unanswerable. It depends on what you mean by success. Does that mean fame? Or just being able to support yourself doing something you love? Are you willing to pour your heart and soul into it as if it is the most important thing in the world? Or will you give up when the going gets tough?
If you want to do good work in the movie business, meet wonderful people, have crazy times, and support yourself doing it, and you're willing to treat it like it's the most important thing in the world (after your family), then yes, you have an excellent chance at being successful. If you want fame to come easy, then you have to have a very, very big trust fund
One advantage you do have is you know what you want early. I spent a lot of time knocking around trying to figure that out. The sooner you get going, the younger you'll be when you know what the hell you're doing -- and Hollywood loves a wunderkind.