Monday, September 26, 2011


I was in Beijing last week for work, and met up with some former students I taught back at USC film school 5 years ago (I was a graduate teaching assistant at the time; they were all undergrads).

It was nice to see these kids all grown-up, living the expat lifestyle and working on all sorts of cool projects in Beijing (freelance writing, self-financed documentaries, self-financed shorts). It's actually quite inspiring compared to what a lot of graduate film students end up doing after grad school, understandable when you consider that the average age of a grad student finishing film school is probably around 30 years old (an age where you probably want to start making some money and settling down), compared to 22 for your average undergrad.

I can't say I wasn't envious. I long for my youth.

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