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My Midnight Dream

Mr. Darnell Murphy, Teacher

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Screen Shot 2016-04-22 at 6.49.41 AMAs long as I can remember I have been fascinated by movies. I remember late nights when my uncle would burst into my room and invite me to the movies. I was about six years old when he first started this tradition and sometimes our outings would not start till about midnight which, as a kid, might as well been 4am. Flash forward to the end of my senior year. Here I was seventeen with no idea what I would study in college or what even sounded remotely interesting to me. The idea of more school made my skin crawl. The thought of having to do harder classes, more papers, and stressful tests made me depressed. Thankfully, I did not need to think on it long before I realized what it was that brought me joy. I remembered those nights with my uncle. I remembered that feeling I got when I walked out of certain movies. Then it dawned on me, here I was in “The City Of Dreams” where people move to in hopes of becoming a star on the “Silver Screen”. I knew then that I wanted to make movies.

Looking back, that was probably the easiest decision I have ever had to make. I just chose something familiar, that inspired me, and found a career for it. That is as easy as it gets though. Making movies is a whole different path than anything me or my peers knew how to go navigate. I had heard tales of accomplished directors or actors who never any formal training and just set out to accomplish their dreams. There was film school, but it cost way more money than I was able to afford. So I took an entirely different route. I enrolled in community college and decided to use the extra cash to fund my own projects and start doing what I loved. It has been about eight years since then. I have been lucky enough to find work in my field and be a part of projects that have inspired others the way I have been. There is no telling exactly where I will end up, but that’s the point of dreams. We live to make our dreams reality.

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My Midnight Dream