Matt Ogens

Matt Ogens

Director

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Had a passion for storytelling and art, but had no idea it could be a career.
Majored in business because it was what everyone else told me to do.
Worked on Wall Street, specifically in the World Trade Center one summer.
Then I received job offers, but realized I wanted to take a chance and become a filmmaker.
Looked for ideas for a short film, was held up at gunpoint, and made a film about violent crime.
Worked as a production assistant.
Was hired as a director on a documentary series on ESPN.
Kept going and going and going.
Keep following my journey
Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Finance, General
Tulane University of Louisiana
Career

Career

Director

I am a filmmaker.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Film
Film
Television
Television
Being Creative
Being Creative

Day to Day

No day is the same for me, which is good and bad. It means I never get bored, but it also means there is no consistency or structure. I have to create my own structure. I could be filming one day, editing the next, and pitching or meeting the following day. It depends on what stage of a project I am in. With multiple projects happening at the same time I could be doing many different tasks in a day.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Nothing beats the experience of filmmaking. Whether you learn it in a film school or on your own, practice does make perfect (not literally perfect, but you get the picture).

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Go out and make a film. It could be a 30 second film, a short film, a documentary, or a narrative. It doesn't matter. Just go out and make something. And keep making things until you get better and better. And then go meet people in the field you want to pursue. In addition to talent, who you know, who likes you, and who can help you also matters.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You should be a doctor, lawyer, businessman. Get a job. Get a career. See if your friends have any job openings."

I didn't listen. I didn't listen to others. More importantly I tried not to listen to the inner negative voice telling me I couldn't succeed. Well maybe I listened sometimes, but I tried not to believe that voice.

Challenges I Overcame

Work Stress
Work Stress

I think the biggest challenge is the emotional challenge of doing something artistic. There is no direct career path. It's hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. You have to talk yourself "off the ledge" so to speak and just have faith.