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Richard Linklater
Richard Linklater

Richard Linklater

Detour Film

Austin, TX USA

"You feel like you're ready, but the world's telling you, 'No, you're not.' Had I felt I needed pats on the back, I wouldn't have got very far."

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Day In The Life


I'm a film director and Artistic Director for the Austin Film Society, showcasing films from around the world.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Associate's Degree

    Austin Community College District

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    He never had any doubts in his technical movie-making skills, but he had trouble getting over his shyness.

  • 2.

    From a young age, he was good at writing and he won playwriting contests, but everyone told him there was no market for his writing.

  • 3.

    Says that whenever he told people he wanted to go into the arts, no one took him seriously; they thought it was a "cute" idea.

  • 4.

    He took a job as an offshore oil rigger; upon returning to his hometown, he lived on his savings and devoted his life to reading and watching film.

  • 5.

    Everyone told him he needed a "serious" degree in medicine or law to fall back on, but he devoted himself to his independent, "monkish" film studies.

  • 6.

    He realized that if thought he was supposed to be a doctor or a lawyer, he needed to do a 180-degree turn and run the opposite way.

  • 7.

    When he eventually got the courage to start making films, it took a few tries before he found success; he stresses that early failure is common in the arts.

  • 8.

    His breakout film, Slacker, was a favorite at the Sundance Film Festival; since then, he's made hits like Dazed and Confused and School of Rock.