At a commencement address at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, "Downsizing" and "Sideways" director Alexander Payne had some important advice for aspiring filmmakers:
Don't be afraid to reach for your dreams. (But please do try to avoid going into massive debt doing so in case it doesn't work out.)“My parents absolutely hammered me to be a lawyer,” Payne said, “but I had been movie-crazy since I was a little kid, and it was all I could think about.
...his parents “kept repeating the single worst advice in the world,” he said, “which is, ‘Go to law school first so you’ll always have something to fall back on.’
“In fact, the opposite is true: Do what you want to do first because you can always fall back on going to law school. These years right now … are the precious years when you’re done with school and you can get out in the world and try any damn thing you want.”