Director of Smiles

Scholarship Entrant: Jared from Louisville, KY
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Jared: 7

If I were to make a living doing what I love, I would immediately set my sights on becoming a filmmaker. I would start out by making short films and entering them into festivals while honing my skills and perfecting my craft. With any luck, producers would see my work at these festivals, and some of them would leave the theater with the intent to invest in me. Then I would begin work on a full-length feature, funded by said producers. With even more luck, my first feature would become and independent success and I would then have studios knocking on my door, asking me to direct big-budget movies for them. As for changing the world, I would hope that my films would provide audiences with a sense of optimism and an increased faith in their fellow man. These are two qualities that I believe should be instilled in every person if society is to prosper in the future. Cinema has a unique power to warm the hearts of audiences, and the films that I made would motivate audiences to improve the world around them, little by little. In short, I would use my love of film to change the world using the subtle, yet significant power of smiles.

Vote for Jared: 7

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