It wasn’t that long ago that I had a set manager working on the production staff who talked with me about his career ambitions. He originally went to school to become and accountant because his parents wanted him to get a steady and stable job. As he put it, they wanted him to have an honorable job. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from University of Berkley and it was time to actually go out in the world and start his career as an accountant. The only problem is he didn’t want to.
During the four years he was in college, he worked for me on the set of several movies we were filming as a stagehand and then a manager. He liked his job and didn’t really want to start studying for the CPA exam, but felt he had to because he parents wanted him to become a CPA. So that’s what he did.
He bought one of the best CPA review courses out there called CPAexcel by Wiley Publishing. Apparently, the CPA exam is quite difficult and takes several months to study and take. He started studying using Wiley CPAexcel and took the first section within the first few months. Although his study schedule was busy and difficult, he stuck to it.
He passed the first two sections in a row and then he failed the third section. He said even using the best CPA review course the exam is still really difficult. At this point he came up to me and asked for my opinion what he should do with his career. Essentially he wanted me to tell him to stop studying for the CPA exam and just focus on his career in the movie business. I couldn’t give him that advice. I think it would be a waste of his education to simply quit and start a career in the movies.
I told him to dig deep and get back to studying. I don’t really know anything about the Wiley CPAexcel review course, but I know my employee can beat this exam. After he’s a CPA he can decide whether he wants to leave the profession of accounting. Until then I don’t think it’s a good idea to quit.
I pride myself in not quitting anything I start. When I first got into the movie business, I didn’t really want to be in the industry. I wanted to go to college to become a surgeon. I finished college and started a career in a hospital and didn’t like it. All I could think about was going back to my old job. I would never have known that if I didn’t try. If I just quit school, I would always wonder what if. What if I went back to school? I simply told Kevin, stick it out. You’ll be happy you did.