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Up before dawn? Check. Ridiculously long days? Check. Little time off? Check? Not knowing where your next job will come from? Managing a crew? Arguing with directors? Fighting with your peers for what few jobs there are out there? Check, check, check, and check.

While there are definitely more stressful jobs in filmmaking, there are just as many that are less stressful. On the Stress-O-Meter (it’s a real thing, we have it in our basement), Directors of Photography land at about 50%.