The biggest challenge that I have ever faced in my life so far is following my dream in becoming a filmmaker in Palestine. When you grow up, everyone starts suggesting you to study a doctor or a lawyer. However, all I ever wanted to be was a movie director/cinematographer.
Following this big dream in this small town that has no cinema, directors or actors is not easy. When I finished school, I got a really high score that allows me to study almost whatever I want, and when people hear that I will be majoring in films, they start discouraging me and giving me millions of reasons how I will never succeed in Palestine because we have really small job opportunities for people like me.
I started having thoughts that I might actually fail or never find a job. However, making films is my passion and makes me happy, and I wanted to live the rest of my life doing something that I love. Since I was a kid I knew this is who I wanted to be so I did not let anyone stop me.
I started finding ways to prove people wrong and show them that anything is possible. I spent years practicing and teaching myself how to film and edit on the internet. Some people spend their free time enjoying with friends, but almost all of my free time was wasted infront of a computer screen trying to learn. After I finally taught myself a little about using a camera and edit videos, I started working on myself and making short films with cameras that i borrow to prove for anyone who discouraged me.
After a while, people started liking my work and they always look up to my channel for more films, but i do not own a decent camera. Some people asked me to film their wedding, photoshoot their events or shoot their films, but i always say no because i do not have any equipment and this always puts me in a bad mood.
I started looking for other jobs so i could be able to buy a new camera but in my town there is not really any job opportunities that pay well for me (Im 20 years old) except a busboy and here there are literally only like 5 restaurants and they do not need any one. I literally spent half of this summer just trying to do anything that could get me some cash but its hopeless and i can never save all that money.
it will mean SO MUCH to me if you help me so i could follow this dream which is making filmmaking as my career and make a name for myself by making the short films that i always wanted to make and face all these challenges so i can inspire and help people with my films because that has always been my goal.
If you want to hear more about my story, please WATCH THIS this video that i made a while ago, and i would appreciate it you watch it.
Thank you so much,