Posted by: thezedword | July 3, 2010

My autobiography

For this self-indulgent, pat-myself-on-the-back post, I present an autobiographical essay I had to write after being award a scholarship to USC:

Born under a blue moon in July of 1985, Zach Cannon was raised in Miami Springs, Florida.  Over the next 18 years, he’d attend Springview Elementary, where he had the honor of being a Safety Patrol his fifth grade year, and Miami Country Day School, where he swam competitively for six years.  In 2003, he enrolled at Florida State University to study Athletic Training and Sports Medicine.  After two-and-a-half years, he realized he actually liked the classes he was taking for his Film Studies minor more.  He changed majors to Media Production and Creative Writing, degrees he’d eventually obtain with Cum Laude distinction.  At the same time, he wrote for the school’s newspaper, the FSView, winning local and national awards, and worked for campus housing as a college equivalent of a Safety Patrol: The Resident Assistant.

Following graduation, he lived for a year in Wellington, New Zealand.  Even though his bags were very heavy when he boarded the plane, he took with him his love of writing.  While there, he split his days between teaching swimming, working for Weta Digital, and writing spec television and feature scripts.  He made some friends too, with whom he competed in the country’s 48-Hours Film Competition.  They were voted the Audience Favorite and won third place.  He returned to the United States in the fall of 2009 with one goal in mind: to obtain an MFA in Screenwriting.  While going through the application process, he completed the National Hispanic Media Coalition’s Television Writing Workshop, and moved to San Diego, where he is currently the Assistant Manager at a swim school.  In the fall, he will attend his top choice for graduate programs: the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California.

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