It is possible to break into the professional film world with AMVs. I just did it!
I'm not making this thread to broadcast how awesome I am, but I know there are a lot of you guys out there who are trying one way or another to be professional editors, or directors, or writers, producers, what have you. Don't get discouraged if you havn't hit it yet, it IS possible.
I showed one of my videos to the right person and he gave me a job as an editor for an independant low budget feature. Once I finished that, I got a gig editing a documentary for Los Hooligans Productions, a subsidiary of Trouble Maker Studios (Roberty Rodrigez's studio).
Funny enough as it is, it turns out people in the film world LOVE editors who come from AMVs. AMV editing teaches you to have a MUCH more keen eye for visuals and visual flow than film editing does. Its a different kind of focus. The primary reason I was hired was because the director just "liked the way I cut". What she really likes is all the lovely tricks I learned from editing AMVs. Film editors toss around abstract ideas in hushed reverance like "oooh man, maybe we can be REALLY CRAZY and just make it like a music video thing or something! And maybe just maybe we can TIME some of those SCENE CHANGES on that CYMBAL CRASH to make it change RIGHT ON THE BEAT!". ROFL, we've been doing that for years.
Anyway, there is hope, and its awesome. Use your AMV editing skills and styles as your PRIMARY selling point, because its a very good selling point. No hollywood editor knows what the fuck we are doing, we are completely unknown, and we do things a completely different way which (judging by the reactions I've goten to my professional work so far), is a style that can really change the film world, and hollywood as a whole, a couple years down the line.