When young people think about getting into this industry,
they imagine the excitement, the creativity, the high-
profile talent they’re going to meet, the places they might
get to travel to. No one thinks about all the legal matters
they’re going to be confronted with. Few realize how
many people they’re going to have to get consents from,
how many contracts and agreements they’re going to have
to get signed, how much has to be researched, negotiated
and paid before they shoot one frame of film. And all that
red tape definitely takes some of the sheen off of the glitz.
Having to obtain clearances is one of those things that you
can’t fully appreciate until you’re in the thick of it.