I am a graduate of the Los Angeles Film School, it’s been 8 months and the school has not been helpful in any job placements as well as any job connections.
If in fact I did get 1 or 2 projects to work on, it was solely projects I found on my own and NOT the help of the Los Angeles Film School. I have contacted them repeatedly begging and asking for help.
I even asked if I could at least work in the school and no one ever responded to me. It's been about 4 months. Sadly to say, since graduation I just picked up an $8/hr job in a department store with only 15 Hours a week. All my loans are in repayment as I have an outstanding $73,000 in debt.
I honestly believe that in 13 months for an Associate's Degree at a rate of $41,720 + $3,400 for the Macbook laptop + $400 equipment deposit. *( I have heard that tuition went up higher as well as the deposit.)
I was warned by a previous graduate about the school but it was already too late as I had already relocated from New York to Los Angeles.
What you see and hear on the tour is absolutely different from when you actually attend the school. In the beginning, for orientation, I was hearing all these exciting things that sounded so promising. One in particular would have to be the "Job Placement Program".
They said they would have jobs to place us in once we graduate, which was all lies. (You should ask them for their job placement ratings). At graduation, they had a speaker that was telling us not to turn down any jobs even if it’s not in film because the industry is hard, but in the beginning they promised to place us in jobs.
The graduation is horrible, you would expect to have a graduation that all Faculty, Friends and Family to come and feel proud. I was expecting my graduation to be uniformed in cap and gown just like traditional graduations, even my Elementary school graduation was much better than that.
After all you don't really learn the business side of the industry, which is really needed. I thank them for the semi-knowledge I've learned but I honestly regret going there, the money spent was not worth it.
If you decide to go there please do your thorough research, listen to other stories, these are voices of students who have actually attended the school and not just get fascinated with the tours.
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Sometimes I get so focused on a school’s educational “Product” and where they are spending their money that I forget to consider other things.
If The Los Angeles film School is throwing junk Graduation ceremonies at people then they should send you an apology letter. They didn’t even include your family? Wow.
That is bad because I DO consider it a responsibility of the school to show some pride in their Alumni and congratulate them for completing what is a very tough schedule to endure.
I’ll be darn proud when my son completes his schooling and he will never forget what a proud moment it will be for me. Hopefully, through me, he will see a world of possibilities and then accept that he will have to endure many setbacks on the way to his dream.
You said many other things in your post. I read it all but I feel that there is really only 1 thing you wanted to say.
The Los Angeles film School Promised Me a Job and Failed to Deliver
Forgive any ignorance from me. I know nothing about you and am not judging you as a human being but only your reaction to your present place in life.
Because it is hurting you.
How can you expect a school to guarantee you work? The days of the big studios hiring hoards of fresh graduates are over for good.
More and more work is being done in places from boutique studios to someone's basement or garage. This means that students looking for internships are going to be very disappointed. There is less than a fraction of the internships available than there used to be and fewer production companies even bother taking them on.
Not when their desk is piled high with resumes from highly experienced professionals begging for the same spot that you are.
I believe that The Los Angeles film School is trying very hard to place each of their Alumni into quality internship programs. They are failing because the demand is much higher than the supply. I believe this because it is in the best Interest of The Los Angeles film School to present a stellar report on Alumni successes.
It would make them more money.
Why did you take the class in the first place? Was it to learn how to make a movie or because they promised you a job afterwards? Think about it. Your emotions and longing for job security might be why you took the class.
The fact is that The Los Angeles film School gave you what a school ought to be giving its Students. It taught you to perform a certain skilled task and supplied you with the tools you need to complete that task. These are skills you did not have before you enrolled at The Los Angeles film School.
Since when did finding you "Promised" work become part of the school's responsibilities?
Why would you expect these schools to operate any differently than the industry they are supposedly training you to enter?
Forget them. They are the past and you don’t need them
You should not be burdened by such a huge loan. Remember that student loans are not the same as regular material-backed loans.
Email me and send me the name of your loan Company. I am sure that I can get that loan deferred until you are old and ugly (Assuming you are handsome now).
Then, I want you to take what you have learned and add something to your reel as often as you can. Shoot everything, find a common theme among them and edit it together. Make a movie in your basement if you have to. Phoning The Los Angeles film School for help finding work is a waste of your time because it is taking your focus off the prize.
I hope you can forgive all that have gotten in your way and start thinking of yourself and more of yourself. Get selfish and get making a flick. I know you have the skills and the brains. All you need now is a script, some actors and a camera.
No, I am not talking Porn. You are an artist. Geez …
Best of luck,
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