Dead Air or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Grad School

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It’s been a while, and if you’ve paid attention to this website you’ve noticed that the reviews aren’t coming very often. It’s not that I haven’t been watching anything. On the contrary, I’ve seen some great films, both new and old. The reality is that I don’t always have the time to devote to this labor of love. I’ve written close to 1,000 reviews over the last ten years and loved every minute of it. I plan to add to that number, but now I’ve got a new focus that is taking up a lot of my time. Grad school. (Dun dun dunnnnn….)

I originally finished my degree in Cinema and Television Arts from CSU Fullerton. Getting my degree there was a great experience. I left the college and  moved to L.A.. I was destined for big things, or so I thought. The truth is that I was not prepared for the labyrinth that is the entertainment business. I was lucky though. I got a job right away, working in an underappreciated sector of “the business”. In the meantime I kept dreaming big. I wrote scripts, entered some competitions, and tried to make the right connections. While all of this was going on I kept pushing back a nagging feeling in the back of my mind. “Go back to school…” became the “If you build it, he will come…” in my life.

Eventually I realized that I wanted more from myself. Thus began the debate about graduate school. The cost. The time. The expected results. I am married, so I needed to be sure that my wonderful wife was on board. Eventually this went from an abstract discussion to careful planning. I can be impulsive, but not when it comes to something this big.The best decision I made before I took the leap was to contact one of my professors at Fullerton. I consider him to be one of the great mentors I’ve had in this screenwriting world. I wanted to know if he believed in the program. (He’s a real screenwriter, with big credits, and knows the industry inside and out.) Once I had his assurance that this program was committed to helping students grow professionally I was sold.

So that’s where I find myself now. I’m four weeks into an intensive two year MFA program. I want to write, and I want to be paid to do it. I have ideas, but so does everybody. I want to take it further. I want to turn my ideas into stories that people want to hear and see. Stories that sell.

I’ll be posting bits and pieces of my experiences in school, and I’ll also work on getting some reviews in there. For now, I’m excited for this opportunity and I plan on making the most of it.

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