YouTube filmmaker Tim Hautekiet has graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts in California.
Tim announced his graduation on Twitter, sharing photos of the ceremony and his parents who flew over to attend. He has since received congratulations from friends, fans, and fellow filmmakers alike.
I'm a graduate now! Incredibly humbled by the never-ending support of my parents who came to LA for my graduation. pic.twitter.com/pLHNJnxeBz
— TimH (@ThisTim) May 16, 2016
Eager to know what Tim is planning for the future, we asked him a few questions about how he is feeling now that he has graduated.
On graduating from USC, Tim says: “It feels great. It’s been a crazy road but I have no regrets about doing it. I learned a lot, I got to experience a different culture, and I’ve made tons of new friends and collaborators. I can’t believe it’s already been two years since I left London. It’s gone by so quickly.
“I was told by multiple teachers in high school that, on account of being dyslexic, I wasn’t ‘university material’,” he shares, “but now I’ve completed my second degree. It’s funny, because I was never really the academic type, but now I’m technically a ‘master of fine arts’.”
Asked what the important thing he learned over the time of his course was, Tim replies: “It’s going to sound weird, but all my professors at different stages throughout the course quoted William Goldman – ‘nobody knows anything’. You may be wondering why it took five years to learn that, but I suppose it really brought home for me that you need to try new things.
“I went to university so I could learn rules so I could then break them.”
“Especially in the creative industry,” he goes on to add, “there are so many people who will tell you things only work a certain way, but then someone always comes along and proves them wrong and it’s usually a giant success. I went to university so I could learn rules so I could then break them.”
So now that he has a little more time on his hands, will Tim be returning to making films and YouTube content any time soon? “I have multiple projects I’m developing but nothing is set in stone,” he reveals. “I’d love to make things more regularly now that I have more time, but I won’t know what those projects could be for a few months. Unfortunately. I don’t have the budget or resources to just start creating content for my YouTube channel again.”
Finally, we wanted to know what Tim’s plans are for the near future, and if coming back to England is on the cards. “I don’t know yet,” he says. “I’m sticking around LA a little longer while figuring out my long-term goals. [London] will always have a special place in my heart and I still consider it ‘home’. But I’m exploring some career opportunities out here first.”
So hopefully we can all look forward to seeing even bigger and better TimH projects in the future!
Read our interview with Tim back in 2014 on Project: Library and his plans to move to California. Or you can find out more about Tim, Sammy Paul, and Khyan Mansley‘s short films for New Form Digital’s Incubator series.