This program is the ultimate next step in my career as a storyteller and filmmaker. Saint Xavier provided me with an outstanding educational foundation rooted in humanitarianism, diligence, and critical thinking, but to truly apply those skills to the work I want to produce I will need more focused instruction: that’s where the Harold Ramis Film School comes in. At Harold Ramis, I will learn how to apply my talents and skills in a practical way to the world of contemporary comedy, which is exactly the place I want to be; I have no interest in dramas, or horrors, or any of the other genres that (in my opinion) just serve to emotionally manipulate. I want to study comedy; I want to make people laugh, and therefore, make people think. I can think of no better place to do that than a film school born of the Second City, a comedy club historically renowned for its satire. I believe comedy is the best vessel with which to teach, because it offers distance between touchy subject matter and the audience, allowing more room for them to think on the matter. Not only will the Harold Ramis Film School provide me with the skills and knowledge I need to move forward in my career, but thanks to its connection to the historical Second City, I believe it can offer me working insight on building a writing team, reaching out to collaborators, and networking in 2017, which is just as important, if not more important, than the creative aspects of filmmaking. There is strength in numbers and participating in a team is crucial to success, which something I have learned during my years at the Second City Training Center and I expect the Harold Ramis Film School will continue supporting team-building and networking similarly.
I'm hoping some of the kindness I've put out into the world will find it's way back to me here! I love comedy, it has pulled me through dark times in my life, and I want to create some in the hopes it can do the same for someone else someday. Plus, it's just awesome and fun. If you love me, Ghostbusters, Harold Ramis, comedy, writing, progessive ideas, or just wanna give money to a kind stranger, it'll be paying for my education. OR if you or someone you know gets a power trip from lording their money over someone, I can be that someone. Expect a letter in the mail of a tiny bottle of the tears of joy I cried over your donation,