Film & Career

By Emily Davis

   Author Vera Nazarian once said, “
If you are faced with a mountain, you have several options. You can climb it and cross to the other side. You can go around it. You can dig under it. You can fly over it. You can blow it up. You can ignore it and pretend it’s not there. You can turn around and go back the way you came. Or you can stay on the mountain and make it your home”. 

   I leave for college in three months. My eighteenth birthday is days away. Everything is happening so quickly, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

   For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a “grown-up”. As a middle schooler, I constantly dreamed of becoming an adult and having a successful career. The career itself changed periodically, tailoring to whatever I found interesting at the moment. I went through phases of wanting to be a lawyer, orthodontist, and a pharmacist. The only real qualification I had for these future careers was that I would make TONS of money. But around high school, that changed. 

   Throughout the beginning of high school, I was complacent about my education and introverted in most social settings. During my freshman and sophomore years, I experienced a bout of depression that led me to begin writing screenplays as an emotional outlet. In the following years, I became more involved with my school work, community, and my passion for film and screenwriting.

   Looking forward, I am entirely positive and hopeful for my future. I believe I have the potential of making my dreams come true. Although being successful would be a fulfillment, I am not pursuing this dream for my own personal gain. I hope to share my work with the world and influence individuals to find their passion, as many other filmmakers have done for me. 

    “Film major, huh? That’s a risky field!” If I had a dime for every time I heard that came out of someone’s mouth. I am, and have always been, fully aware of the risk that comes with the entertainment business. But I have never been so ready to take the challenges that come along with the road to success. 

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