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My chances? concern of work experience time-any advice? Thanks!!

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Hey guys,
Here is my info. What do you think are my chances to succeed applying? My main concern is that I had an MFA which took me 3+ years so my full time experience is not as much and the job in my industry are also more flexible and freelance based, so the turnover is pretty fast. However my experience was intense and hard to get. I need an MBA now for my startup to enrich business knowledge since I don't plan to work for corporations any more. I really hope to get in now to help me polish my startup but looking at everyone who has a long history of work experience, I am a bit afraid of applying. Also people at my age usually have longer work experience since my MFA just made it really short.

I am applying for Columbia MBA jterm(right before the deadline so the timing might make it tougher competition for the last spots). What do you think are my chances?
1) Your GMAT or GRE. Percentiles preferred.
GRE: 327(total about 89-90%), 168 QUANT (94%), 159 Verbal(83%), 4(60% writing)
2) College info:
top film school college Bachelor of Fine Arts - 3.92 GPA, top film school Master of Fine Arts, 3.7 GPA
3) Brief description of your full-time work experience.

- 0.5 year working very closely for a famous Hollywood director under Asia's biggest company's biggest project
- 0.5 year+ deputy manager position and the director of commercials at a firm affliated with the national TV in a top Asia making projects to screen on TV with a billion of audience, negotiating with local government
- 8 year of startup for my own film production company- produced and created more than 20 projects (but non-profit/no profit )- also in my MFA time it's mainly hands-on filmmaking so it's very practical.
- 15 internships in college while maintaining dean list and high gpa, top media and film companies including working for top celebrities

Awards- government fully sponsored scholarship award when I was young for science stream for middle and high school
Film screened as various festivals

4) Significant college and post-college extra-curricular activities or community service, especially leadership experience.
- mountaineering in top mountains and adventure in the Arctic region
- LGBT advocate
- Made projects for high-profile individuals and organizations
- interesting North Korean work
- volunteer in under-developed countries, temples
- singing competition winner

6) Your post-MBA goal.
change direction of my startup and continue my entrepreneurship in media and fashion focusing on a niche market in Asia and USA with my MFA creative skills. (nyc and CBS will be the best fit)

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Hey guys,
Here is my info. What do you think are my chances to succeed applying? My main concern is that I had an MFA which took me 3+ years so my full time experience is not as much and the job in my industry are also more flexible and freelance based, so the turnover is pretty fast. However my experience was intense and hard to get. I need an MBA now for my startup to enrich business knowledge since I don't plan to work for corporations any more. I really hope to get in now to help me polish my startup but looking at everyone who has a long history of work experience, I am a bit afraid of applying. Also people at my age usually have longer work experience since my MFA just made it really short. I just want to say again- for someone in a non-traditional business like film, admissions will not expect as much of a straightforward resume and work tenure.

I am applying for Columbia MBA jterm(right before the deadline so the timing might make it tougher competition for the last spots). What do you think are my chances?
1) Your GMAT or GRE. Percentiles preferred.
GRE: 327(total about 89-90%), 168 QUANT (94%), 159 Verbal(83%), 4(60% writing)great quant score is helpful-
especially for someone with a less quantitative background- schools will love this.

2) College info:
top film school college Bachelor of Fine Arts - 3.92 GPA, top film school Master of Fine Arts, 3.7 GPA
3) Brief description of your full-time work experience.

- 0.5 year working very closely for a famous Hollywood director under Asia's biggest company's biggest project
- 0.5 year+ deputy manager position and the director of commercials at a firm affliated with the national TV in a top Asia making projects to screen on TV with a billion of audience, negotiating with local government
- 8 year of startup for my own film production company- produced and created more than 20 projects (but non-profit/no profit )- also in my MFA time it's mainly hands-on filmmaking so it's very practical.
- 15 internships in college while maintaining dean list and high gpa, top media and film companies including working for top celebrities
Really interesting- and can add some great stories to class discussions!
Awards- government fully sponsored scholarship award when I was young for science stream for middle and high school
Film screened as various festivals

4) Significant college and post-college extra-curricular activities or community service, especially leadership experience.
- mountaineering in top mountains and adventure in the Arctic region
- LGBT advocate
- Made projects for high-profile individuals and organizations
- interesting North Korean work
- volunteer in under-developed countries, temples
- singing competition winner

6) Your post-MBA goal.
change direction of my startup and continue my entrepreneurship in media and fashion focusing on a niche market in Asia and USA with my MFA creative skills. (nyc and CBS will be the best fit)

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