Several years back, I was doing low budget horror movies on a semi regular basis. People can say what they want about that genre, but a lot of time and money will go into those projects. The thing that makes them so different from big budget Hollywood movies is that people are doing it for the love that they have for it, not because they’re just trying to take in a paycheck.
I realize that a lot of the movies that I did would be considered “bad” by industry standards, but most of the B horror scene is tongue in cheek. I was in a short film once where I played a transvestite. Let me tell you, the movie was odd, but it was supposed to be! A lot of the people who work in the industry know that they’re not making the next Oscar winning movie. It’s all about having fun and then conveying that on film.
Like any job out there, the hours can be long and you’re not always in the most comfortable situations. I did one movie in the middle of summer in a house with no air for fourteen hours for a whole week. But, I’ll admit, it sure beats working a “normal” job, in my opinion!
I’m just going to tell you right now, don’t expect to make a whole lot of money doing B horror. Most people in the industry either have side jobs, or have spent many, many years climbing their way up the ladder. I hardly made a dime doing the films that I did. I really just got fed and had my travel accommodated for. I’d hate to sound like a broken record here, but I did it to have fun.
I eventually stopped doing films. A lot was going on in my life at the time, so while I was going through some personal stuff, I started writing and realized that God was moving me in a new direction. That doesn’t mean that I’ve left films for good, but for now, I’m having a great time writing about horror rather than living it!