If I were an aspiring filmmaker, I would consider these things:
1. It's about the eye, not the equipment.
2. It's about money.
3. It's about the people.
Too many new creators focus on the equipment, the hardware, the tools, rather than on the expression. The equipment doesn't tell the story, the filmmaker does. No viewer on YouTube cares if the clip was shot on a Red or sound recorded on a Nagra. What they want is to see something compelling, lyrical, vivid. Something _different_.
Ansel Adams wrote poetry in pictures, in BLACK and WHITE. And his framing is always worth a second, a third, or a fourth look. Put together your work with your heart, not just your hardware.
Want to succeed in filmmaking? You need to know film funding. Too few programs or courses in filmmaking include any content on film finance, the business side.
You need to know this. George Lucas succeeded because he knew the business side. Disney has succeeded because they know the business side. There are many artistically impassioned people with money who just might invest in films, or contribute to Kickstarter projects if the filmmaker could speak to them with an appreciation of the business side, or their ROI even if it isn't in cash.
Finally, it's all about people. Yes, that means networking. Success comes through being a good person that people like to know. Be generous with your time and skills and give to others. They'll reciprocate by helping you. Take time to volunteer. You'll learn new things and get to know all kinds of people, and hear great filmable stories! Listen to great actors and their careers, if not in person, then watch Inside the Actor's Studio. It's stories of connections--friend of a friend referrals--that leads to success. Learn about your audience and how to relate to them. Learn what they like and learn about those likes. Practice listening to understand, not just to respond. Help them feel like they are the hero even if it is only in some small way. They will help you create your own masterpieces and in be the hero you want to be.
Yes, you do have to learn your craft. You need to put in your own 10,000 hours. You need to pay the price to become that 10 year overnight success. You need to have the competency and the deserved confidence of a professional to work with other professionals. You need to know that you are going to make some mistakes, but tomorrow you'll be more competent, more professional than today. And the day after. But to really shine, to really win the audiences. You need to create films that come from your heart and soul along with the hands. When you speak, write, (or make a movie) from your heart, it reaches the hearts of others.
If you are serious about learning (or improving) your craft in the most economical, "high-road" way, you should consider attending LTUE. It is energizing and electrifying to be there. We have best selling authors, professional screenwriters, directors, producers, cinematographers, and everything in between. It is one of the longest running writer's conferences in the West. February 13-15, 2020 will be the 38th consecutive running year for LTUE. We have had guests (panelists/speakers) such as J.D. Payne, who is leading the Amazon team to create the Lord of the Ring series, and many others. LTUE has been called AuthorCon, CreatorCon, etc.