USC School of Cinematic Arts MFA Screenwriting Fall 2020

oliviaaa

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I've been stalking this thread as it's more active than the undergrad one by a mile. Wishing you guys the best, the wait is almost over! I still have until March 21st for my wave of decisions 😰
 

Chris W

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now I feel like I have this one chance to catch up.
This is certainly not your "one" chance. Many people applied many times before they got in. Including @USCSCAAlumni/Faculty whom we just interviewed. They interviewed 4 times before they got in. Not saying that you won't get in now - but it's certainly not your one chance.

And USC isn't your one and only chance to work in the industry either.
 

sarahkwUT

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Me too. I was scared and opted for “safe” which makes me miserable and now I feel like I have this one chance to catch up.
Disagreeing as well about it being your "one chance" - coming from someone who has a journalism degree from Tennessee and has worked in marketing for nearly 10 years that applied to four competitive programs for admission this fall. I've written a TON but never a screenplay. I taught myself how to write screenplays while in the midst of the application cycle by watching YouTube videos, reading books, listening to podcasts, reading screenplays...

All this to say I don't know where I'll get in - if I'll get in - but that if I end up admissionless, I still don't think it's my "one chance." I want to take my writing talent to the TV screen and I'll figure out how to make it happen. That's my recommended approach to this and life in general: if you want something bad enough, make it happen. :)
 
This is certainly not your "one" chance. Many people applied many times before they got in. Including @USCSCAAlumni/Faculty whom we just interviewed. They interviewed 4 times before they got in. Not saying that you won't get in now - but it's certainly not your one chance.

And USC isn't your one and only chance to work in the industry either.
I applied 4 times, not interviewed 4 times. But totally agree with Chris on this one (and I think Spielberg would as well).
 

Shade

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As this is potentially the big weekend I just wanted to wish everyone the best of luck. I know I'm nervous beyond measure and I imagine everyone else is too. It's been nice having an outlet to voice those frustrations. It's made the process a teensy-less lonely.
If it's any consolation, this next week I'll know if two of my projects made it into two different things, and then USC. All at the same time, which ahhhhhhhhh. The only reason I'm not freaking out and drowning my impending sorrows in Netflix is bc I have a deadline by mid-March. I wish you all good luck and I hope (I really do) we'll get to meet each other at orientation soon!
 

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