Recently, we had the pleasure of chatting with Filmmaking Alumni Ivan Kulas. He filled us in on what he’s been up to since graduation, the best thing he learned during his program, and his future career goals.
Program and grad date
Professional Filmmaking April 2022
What are you doing now?
Currently, I am working either on local sets in Kelowna, I am shooting events and products or hiking up a mountain for that perfect golden hour glow. Keeping my work diverse is my motivation right now.
Top tip for current students?
Work Hard. If you’re truly passionate about this industry and think that there is something unique you can bring in, then stop talking and focus. Your classmates are your first line of people when it comes to networking. They can either be the reason doors are opened or shut on you, so make sure that you are the person they call when they have a last-minute open position. Prove it to them or nobody will believe you.
What was the most valuable thing you learned during your program?
Be confident and absorb all the knowledge you can. Be open to every position, and every department and go into them humble and confident. If you don’t know something, ASK. Asking goes further and will cause less embarrassment than stubbornly fumbling through a task. It proves you care.
What are your long-term career goals?
My long-term goals are to open my own production company, I would like to write, direct and produce my own projects. I want to work with motivated, ambitious and unique people while making projects that excite and inspire audiences. I want to support my dreams, whichever direction that ends up going.