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Music Video Directors and Producers
The career paths of music video directors and producers are
rather nontraditional. There is no standard training or normal
progression up an industry ladder leading to the jobs of director
or producer. At the very least, a high school diploma, while not
technically required, will still probably be indispensable to you
in terms of the background and education it signifies. (A high
school diploma will be necessary if you decide to attend film
school.) As is true of all artists, especially those in a medium as
widely disseminated as music videos, you will need to have rich and
varied experience in order to create works that are intelligently
crafted and speak to people of many different backgrounds. In high
school, courses in music, English (especially writing), art,
theater, and history will give you a good foundation. If your high
school offers film history or film production classes, be sure to
take those courses. Visit the Web site of the American Film
Institute (http://www.afi.edu) for a list of high schools that
offer film courses and other resources for students and teachers.
Don't forget to take computer classes, since computer technology
plays a major role in this industry. Finally, be active in school
and community drama productions, whether as a performer, set
designer, or cue-card holder.
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