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."