@NightChef, I completely agree with you on your thoughts at becoming a film director in the movie industry. It seems that Hollywood would like you to go down a specific path but the reality is that no one has "the system" to becoming a star actor or director in Hollywood figured out. It is because of certain breaks, luck and being in the right place at the right time that people have managed to become hits.
It's funny to me as most of the individuals who propose to possess the knowledge it takes to win in the industry are actually just writing books because they themselves have not succeeded. After all, you do not read books by big stars on how they "made it big."