I’m 18 years old, and I’ve found exactly where I’m supposed to be. Now I realize that sounds a little preposterous, but bear with me. Hear me out.
Growing up there were a lot of different things that I wanted to be. I often refer to my life in stages of my dream careers. There was the ninja/tennis player/horseback rider stage. There was the marine biologist stage. There was the forensic pathologist stage. There was the FBI special agent stage.
Then, there is the filmmaker stage. I say “is” because not only am I currently in said stage, but because I also never plan on leaving it. Film is for me. It is me.
To be honest, I don’t even remember how the notion that I might want to make films even popped into my head. I think there was just one lonely night, where I was sitting in my bed watching one of my favorite TV shows and thinking, “wow. I love this. This is so important to me.” It just kind of dawned on me out of nowhere.
And the more and more I pondered, the more and more sense it made. I thought about how all my favorite TV shows, movies, even plays, changed and developed me as a person. They brought me through some of the toughest times in my life, and acted as an amplifier for some of the best. I can’t imagine what I would do without them.
My goal in life is to share the power of film with others. I’ve always wanted to do something important – be a hero, be relevant to the world even if in some small way. And I know now that if I can impact even one person’s world, and not the entire world, with my work like others have impacted me, then I’ll become the happiest person on earth.
Because I’m a filmmaker, and I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be.