How did you pick your grad school, and what was the application like?
The Peter Stark Producing Program at USC's School of Cinematic Arts is a 2-year Masters in Fine Arts degree and one of the most prestigious motion picture producing programs in the world with only 25 candidates in each class. It was an easy pick given the high caliber of the faculty led by Larry Turman, producer of The Graduate, and its legendary history of producing well-known industry executives, producers and writers including John Wells (ER), John August (Big Fish), Neal Moritz (Fast and Furious), Stacey Sher (Erin Brockovich) and current head of NBC Bob Greenblatt. The application process was focused on our personal stories, supplemented by our creative and industry experience and an interview. As a Wheaton English major graduate, I use the same analytical skills, research tools and sense of story in my day-to-day work as I develop screenplays for film and television, digging frequently into the literary repertoire that I acquired at Wheaton. I also hold Dr. L Ryken's words to heart as I attempt to create media and entertainment that is not "cheap and tawdry". Last but not least, the sense of comedy and interaction from my work as a photographer for WheatonImprov gave me the best training for interacting and working with actors and set a high bar for the talent that I now cast in Los Angeles.