Lights! Camera! Action! The first job tales of filmmakers

Thu May 5, 2016 3:34pm EDT
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By Chris Taylor

NEW YORK (Reuters) - When you ask people about their first jobs, you hear a lot of similar answers: newspaper delivery boys, lawn mowers, checkout cashiers.

But when we queried a few of the world's foremost filmmakers for tales from their working pasts, we got some startlingly original responses for this latest installment in Reuters' monthly "First Jobs" series.

Just perhaps, their unique beginnings helped fashion the plot for the creative lives they lead today.

Amma Asante

Director, "Belle"

First job: Child actress

"I went to a stage school in London, and my first job was actually a video for the band Culture Club, 'I'll Tumble For Ya.' I was around 12 at the time, and a bunch of us from that school - including Naomi Campbell, by the way - auditioned for it, and they picked the dozen best dancers.   Continued...

Indian film director Mira Nair poses during a photocall for the movie The Reluctant Fundamentalist at the 69th Venice Film Festival in Venice August 29, 2012. REUTERS/Max Rossi