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Tad Daggerhart, Screenwriter

By Amy Fenton

Do you make time to do what you desire in life? If you don't, take a life lesson from Tad Daggerhart, a screenwriting student at the University of Southern California (USC). He has taken his talent for writing, found his passion and made it the center of his life. Daggerhart graduated with his Master of Arts in English from Western Carolina University in 2008 and is currently working towards his Master of Fine Arts in screenwriting at the University of Southern California (USC), the most prestigious screenwriting program in the country.  He has spent his life working towards this goal.

Follow your desires

Although Daggerhart claims that he took a winding path, doing odd jobs such as dishwashing and bartending, he did these things to allow himself to keep his mind free for his one true desire, writing. In his years at WCU, Daggerhart learned just as many lessons about life and himself as he did about his writing.  One of the biggest life lessons he came to understand was"I've got no one to blame but myself. If everyone could learn this lesson early in life, people could take pride in themselves and understand what their work really means." Daggerhart goes by a quote from Robert Heinlein, “"Finish what you start." Although finishing what he starts is one of his rules of writing, it's a rule anyone can apply to anything.

Daggerhart states, "For me, writing is more than a job. It's like breathing. Without stories, what is there? Be passionate about what you do."  He advises, "let people push you to the limit, but do not let them tell you that you are not good enough, strong enough, or smart enough."



These profiles were created by the Karen Greenstone's English 303 class (spring 2009)
and edited for the web by Mary Adams's English 303 class (summer 2009).

Students in Mary Adams's English 303 class (fall 2009) wrote additional profiles.