I tell them I don’t know yet. Maybe a nurse or a teacher. Something reliable so I could have a steady income. But that’s not true at all. I’ve wanted to be a writer ever since I can remember. I have been keeping diaries since grade 6 and still have them to this day. But it’s not only writing that interests me.
It came to me all of a sudden when I was on Facebook editing some things on my page. In your likes, there is a spot for inspirational people which I had yet to fill in. So I put in the first 5 people I could think of which of course were Wes Anderson, Hunter S. Thompson, Kevin Smith, Nicolas Winding Refn, and Chuck Palaniuk. As I was thinking how odd it was that all of them are male writers and that three out of the five were directors, it hit me. I don’t just want to write novels or short stories or poetry… I want to write scripts. I want to be a director. It must have been something my subconscious has been mulling over for awhile because as soon as I came to this conclusion, it made perfect sense.
But now comes the trouble with the practicality of the situation. What are the chances of me writing a Rushmore? Or even a Fight Club. Very slim. It’s a hard industry and if I’m not the best then how will I make this dream into a reality? For all I know I’m a total shit writer and couldn’t write a good screen play to save my life. And as much as I admire Kevin Smith, I doubt I would have the same luck he did when he wrote Clerks. Nor does my immediate group of friends have the acting talent.
So I’m stuck at a crossroads. Do I go to film school in my attempts to be a successful writer and director or should I be practical and get a degree in business or something of that sort? I just don’t know…