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According to an article on AnnArbor.com, ‘Dexter’ screenwriter Scott Reynolds, 1995 Eastern Michigan University alumni, spoke at the school’s graduation ceremony Sunday April 28, 2013.
Reynolds shared stories about his path to success with the graduates. He graduated from EMU with a degree in English Literature and Theater and a minor in Film Studies. He then moved to Los Angeles to become a screenwriter. It took several years before he got a break by working for “Touched by an Angel” doing menial jobs. He continued to do different assistant jobs until he got his big break as a writer’s assistant for “Dexter.” He made sure to keep up his hard work and writing, until he wrote his own script in the show’s second season and became a part of the writing staff.
Reynolds’s story and determination was inspiring. He gave hope and words of wisdom to the graduates of EMU. Reynolds said,
It was a long hard road, but (screenwriting) was and is what I’ve always wanted to do,” Scott Reynolds said during the morning commencement ceremony. “And that’s what you want to say about your life, right? Achieving your dream? Not just living for the weekend. Getting the desires of your heart.”
Stories like Reynolds’s and many other screenwriters just go to show that people just need to keep putting themselves out there and working hard to catch a break. His story can not only inspire the graduates he spoke to, but also anyone else who reads or knows about it.
This is inspiring to ambitious screenwriters like me, because in this instance I have a role model who did absolutely everything and got to where he dreamed. Aspiring screenwriters need to keep up the hard work and keep writing and everything else can fall into place with their efforts.