We don't need no education

Lazz - from the music video, "Get away from your woman".

I usually like creating my own projects - my own stories - that I've written, directed, and starred in myself.
Sometimes, however, I need to go work for someone else to earn a little income before I go off doing my own thing again.

A job? No, thank you - I'm fine.

Dancing in the open - from a private birthday music video I made.

The most difficult part for me is that I've never been good at applying for jobs. I've never been interested in having a job - I have been creating my own jobs and my own dreams my whole life, with a few exceptions. You know when they ask for a solid education? I don't have it.
I was never a good student. I did well in school, but I was never paying attention. My mind always wanders.
Even when the person speaking is very inspirational, I drift away someplace else because I get so inspired to use what I've learned on my own projects, and before I know it, my mind is off somewhere using a yet-to-be-invented camera equipment in Khandahar, while my body is left behind in a classroom in Norway where it should be listening to the rest of the lecture.

But I love it SO much!

I digitally added the medicine label on the box in post-production.

Movie making has been my passion for some years now.
Actually since I was just a couple of years old, but I didn't learn to acknowledge my passion until I was 25.

And because it is my passion, I have learned how to operate a camera, how to do proper framing, how to light a scene, how to do color grading, how to edit, how to direct, how to do VFX, how to do sound post-production, etc. Some of these areas I'm still fairly new to, and I need to seek out expert advice to get better. And that's what I do. I seek out people who already do what I want to learn, and I ask them. They teach me. I don't get a diploma. I get no written confirmation at all that I have learned the subject in question. So I'm stuck with a lot of knowledge, and no proper education.

Luckily, film is very tangible medium, and my previous work can showcase my abilities, and provide further work.
I think I just need to remove some of my earliest things, because they're simply not good enough.
I've even gone back on some of them to improve on the areas I know need improving, and thereby allowing myself to make a better showreel to demonstrate what I can do.

Personally, I wish I had learned about my passion earlier, and gotten a proper degree.
Before everything else happened. I have definitely taken the hard, long way around. But I am always proceeding, always moving ahead, and nothing shows that more than being able to direct Josh Taylor's Prom Date, which will reach a very important milestone next week!

Some of my latest screen captures.

Rino - from an upcoming educational action short.

Me - from an upcoming music video, "This Time".

Me acting scary - from an upcoming music video, "This Time".

Roger, the beer man - from an upcoming music video, "This Time".

About the author

Andy Pett is an actor and director who have made, starred in, and assisted on productions in Canada, USA, Europe, and Scandinavia.