For those of you that do not know, I’m a current student at Full Sail University, majoring in Creative Writing for Entertainment.
Full Sail University, located in Winter Park, FL, is an entertainment and media arts school. For the past four years, they’ve hosted what is known as the “Hall of Fame,” which is when they induct a handful of highly successful graduates into the history books of the school. It’s a huge honor – one I hope to one day receive waaaay down the road – and is accompanied with a week’s worth of amazing guest lectures, free concerts, and a plethora of incredible events.
Today, I had the distinct honor of attending a lecture hosted by Troy DeVolld, a ’96 Film grad that has gone on to do INCREDIBLE things in the industry. He has worked on shows such as The Bachelor, MTV’s Fear, Basketball Wives, and several others.
He spoke very candidly about the entertainment industry as a whole and the world of reality television. One thing a lot of people do not realize is that reality TV requires writers. Yes, writers! While the majority of the footage is candid and unrehearsed, a team of people have to sort through hours and hours of raw footage and create a storyline out of it. Reverse-engineered storytelling! A very unique and likely challenging role in the field.
Troy is, by far, one of the nicest, most down-to-earth guys I’ve ever met. He took the time to answer questions from the audience and even passed out free copies of his books to those in attendance. He shook hands and signed copies for all of the students that wanted to meet him, which I’m sure he probably didn’t have the time to do but he did it anyway. As you can probably tell, I’m pretty in awe of this man.
When it comes down to it, I’m blown away by people that talk the talk and walk the walk. People that announce their dream to the world, then take the steps to make it happen. People that LIVE how they say they want to live.
In my new found effort to avoid hypocrisy at all costs, I will say very honestly that I do NOT do this 100% of the time.
Don’t get me wrong – I’m certainly trying. I enrolled in school for a second Bachelors degree in March 2011 with the pure intent of changing my life and pursuing my dream. But that’s just one tiny facet of a much bigger picture. There is still so much that I still have left to do, changes to be made, and walking to be done. In order to live the live I want to live, I’ve still got a lot of growing, evolving, and changing to do. I’m getting there, slowly but surely.
With all of that being said, however, today’s events and the whole concept of the Hall of Fame week has really lit a fire under me. I’m motivated, anxious, and ready to take the next steps towards becoming the person I want to be. I know that there will be a lot of bumps in the road, but the end goal is worth it to me.
To wake up every day and know that I’m living the dream; that’s my equivalent of being inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Optimistic for a year of growth,
~ Victoria Elizabeth