In this interview by Film Courage, which was featured on No Film School, director James Kicklighter discusses what he feels it takes to be a successful filmmaker.
I define "success" as filmmaking being your full-time job. This is not an interview that is aimed at the hobbyist or someone who just enjoys making films for fun; which is totally okay.
Filmmaking does not have to be commercial. But if you want it to be, these are my thoughts on it.