Similar, But Different: Why I Chose Journalism instead of Film and Why Tyner Chose Film
By Myles Goldman
In the 21st century, college students can feel like there’s a thin line between success and failure. Will you choose a major because you hope it will lead you to a successful career, or will you choose a major because you have a passion for it? In the best situations, success and passion will go hand in hand. But sometimes students and their parents might feel it’s better to forgo passion and take the safer, though possibly less creative, path. Choosing to be a film major is one path that might be considered risky by some, though it’s the perfect choice for others. In this “Similar but Different” feature, Myles Goldman explores how he and Jordan Tyner both have a passion for one career, but have two different majors.
Jordan Tyner always knew he’d be a film major, and fortunately for him , his parents were always supportive of his love for film production.
“My parents were very supportive; my dad predicted that I’d seek a career in the film industry,” Tyner said. “He said he saw how I examined every detail in every movie.”
Tyner draws a lot of his inspiration from his favorite film directors such as, Alfred Hitchcock, Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, Akira Kurosawa, Alejandro Inarritu and many more.
Tyner’s inspiration is not only drawn from the directors on the big screen, in fact, one of his biggest inspirations is video game designer and director, Hideo Kojima. Kojima is known for creating game franchises such as, “Metal Gear Solid” and a game that has been intriguing Kojima fans for years, “Death Stranding,” starring Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, Léa Seydoux and Lindsay Wagner because of its Hollywood cast, immersive visuals and the story, which is one of the reasons why Tyner idolizes Kojima so much.
“His craft [Kojima] is very close to filmmaking; he knows how to construct complex and thought provoking narratives for the audience similar to Christopher Nolan as well as making you feel for the characters in a story that may seem over the top,” Tyner said.
While having aspirations is great, you cannot make those aspirations into reality unless you do the hard part, network. Luckily for Tyner, he is fortunate enough to have connected with others in the field of film production and does not fear what comes after he graduates in the spring.
“Personally, I’m not afraid of my post-graduation career because I was given the opportunity to network with many people throughout my time at Post and I could use these connections to do work,” Tyner said.
Even though Tyner is still a student, his deciphering of plot structure and ability to network with others within the film industry is already shaping him up to be a successful film maker.
The idea of becoming a film major was something I had become interested in after reading movie scripts online. When I read a movie script, I like to recreate the scene in my head and think how I could tell the story in a different way. Film didn’t seem like a real option for me. It seemed like it would be too hard to succeed in that field, with no real previous experience. I entered college as a Forensics major, a more traditional field, which didn’t go too well. After struggling for a while, my promise coach called me in and told me that we should look into other majors because I had been put on academic probation. Now, it wasn’t because of me being lazy, I genuinely couldn’t figure out the complexity of chemistry, which took a toll on my mental health because I had never given up on something of that magnitude and it made me feel weak. My mind wandered back to film.
Unlike Tyner, when I told my parents I wanted to major in film, it did not go so well. It is understandable now when I think about it. I remember I was in the car with my mom and when I brought it up, she said, “Myles, you can’t just jump into a major and expect to be the next George Lucas, you don’t have any previous experience in film other than watching them.”
My reaction was melancholy; I remember thinking to myself, “This is stupid, nobody understands me or cares about what I want to do.” However, my mom was right and who knows, I could’ve flopped if I had tried my luck in film with zero experience, other than filming some skateboarding tricks.
I had the summer to think this through, but was still confused. I was in the car with my parents as we were driving into the city for dinner and I was upset because I did not know what to major in and I walked around that entire summer feeling like a failure to not only myself, but my family. We were just passing Citi Field and my dad said, “Myles, we know that you’re going through a tough time, but it’s not like you didn’t try your best; you were always in the dining room studying and it just did not work out.” Usually when parents bring up grades, it’s because they’re angry, but mine weren’t, it was one of the talks where you look out the window and listen to each word being spoken to you one-by-one and saving them for later when you feel those negative emotions coming back to haunt your mental health. Did my parents want me to have my mind made up already? Sure, but they really wanted me to make the right decision and not have my emotions make them for me.
Eventually, in late August, it was time to decide and I thought of journalism, it’s very hands-on, you learn how to film and take photos and the major is so broad. So, I talked to my parents about it and they thought it was a great idea.
Why did I choose journalism? The thing is, I have a stutter and I’ve always been a decent writer so when I write something, I do it to get out the things I wanted to say or should’ve said. I’m always told that my writing is too conversational, because I’m trying to express myself in fluidity, which I cannot always do unless I write it out.
Now, as a journalist major I have access to film equipment, new writing styles, and explore my creativity in ways I never expected.
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