It is likely that successful filmmakers will present the INFP personality type. INFPs, or otherwise called ‘Mediators’ and ‘Healers’ tend to be naturally creative and artistic. They tend to be viewed as others as being laid-back and flexible, as they have the adaptability to be independent and to work well as part of a team.
Accomplishment and mastery
As the filmmaking industry is fiercely competitive to enter, when a filmmaker finally gets the experience, skill and education to become produce beautiful videos, they are likely to feel a high sense of accomplishment and mastery. Furthermore, every time they receive positive feedback on a film they make, they will feel a high sense of accomplishment and mastery.
Meaning and contribution
There is a lot of meaning behind a lot of the work of a filmmaker. Often, filmmakers are capturing stories, creating history or entertaining the masses. Although their work will not directly save the lives of many, there will be very few artists who don’t feel that their work is meaningful in some way.
Most filmmakers will work full time, although part-time work is also common. It is not unusual for filmmakers to be self-employed and to then have another job on the side. Those who are self-employed will determine their own schedule, but all filmmakers are likely to work long hours at some point in order to meet deadlines.
Who will thrive in this career?
It goes without saying that in order to thrive in this career, you must have the talent and skill to do so. As well as this, to thrive as a filmmaker you are likely to need talents such as:
- The ability to self-motivate yourself
- The ability to work as part of a team, and to work independently
- Those who are willing to work hard and push through tough times
Who will struggle in this career?
Obviously, those who aren’t creative will struggle in this career… seriously, if you want to become a filmmaker, make sure you’re good at it!
Similarly, those who prefer to work a stable 9-5 might struggle with the long hours that a filmmaker is required to work. In fact, unless you are genuinely passionate and enthusiastic about filmmaking (and have the talent for it) then you will struggle with the competitive and unpredictable world of filmmaking!