It’s a beautiful Tuesday here in Charleston, South Carolina and today I’m participating in the Who’s Your Hero? Blogfest. It’s being hosted by award winning author J.L. Campbell to celebrate the release of her novel Saving Sam. The release of the novel has been timed to coincide with National Heroes’ Day celebrations in Jamaica.
The rules are simple: write a maximum of 300 words about someone who encouraged or inspired you in some way. The blogfest will run until October 24 so there’s still time to sign up. You can do so here.
I’ve actually had a lot of inspiration and encouragement as a writer, so narrowing it down to one person is actually kind of difficult, but if I have to narrow it down I’d have to say Professor Cremins! I was a student at Louisiana State University and all set to apply to film schools like UCLA and USC (never mind the fact that I’d only taken one screenwriting course and didn’t know a thing about film or writing a full-length script!), and when he found out that was my plan he said the magic words that set me on the right track: “You know, you should really consider applying to some MFA programs.” I took his advice. I went online and googled: MFA programs where you can study fiction and screenwriting. The first one that popped up? San Jose State University. It was my first choice. And guess what? I got in! And while studying there with the fantastic Scott Sublett, my very first screenplay won a national student competition!
Thinking back, if I had applied to those film schools I would not have gotten in. I didn’t know enough about screenwriting so my writing samples were kind of meh. I probably would have been completely deflated and convinced that maybe I wasn’t going to make it as a writer. But because of Professor Cremins’ advice, I realized that even though I wasn’t ready for film school, I could still learn about screenwriting all while studying fiction. For me, the best of both worlds! To boot, I met my husband in San Jose:) Okay, I’ll stop grinning now.
So to Professor Cremins, wherever you are, I send a big, heartfelt thank you!
What about you? Who’s your hero? Leave your thoughts!
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