Modern Hollywood was started by a group of independent filmmakers who moved to California in the 1910s to get away from Thomas Edison’s total monopoly on all aspects (scripts, cameras, theaters, actors) of the early, east coast film industry.
Kevin Smith, funded his first film Clerks, by maxing out several credit cards and selling most of his comic book collection and using most of his college fund along with insurance money from a car he lost in a flood just to pay for a film it at a convenience store he worked at.
Quentin Tarantino didn’t go to film school, and has said “When people ask me if I went to film school, I tell them, ‘No, I went to films’.”
After watching Star Wars, James Cameron decided to quit his job as a truck driver, and entered the film industry.
Jamie Johnson, the heir to the Johnson and Johnson fortune, made 2 documentaries showing how the 1% live and was sued for it by some of his friends who called him an ”idiot” and a ”traitor to your class.”