BA, Writing for Screen and TV '24
An interview with Writing for Screen and Television Major, Giulia Orsenigo.
Why did you want to study Screenwriting?
When I first came to USC, I wasn't sure what I wanted to study. I was a Journalism major, but I felt like something was missing. So my first semester here, I decided to take a GE course in SCA called "The TV Writer: An Agent of Change". The class was all about watching different shows and analyzing how the writers used stories to make a difference. After taking that class, I realized I was passionate about screenwriting and decided to take a chance by applying to SCA
How do you think SCA will prepare you for the career you want to have?
People aren't wrong when they say that at SCA you're learning from the best of the best. I've had the opportunity to take classes with professors who have spent years in the industry and can give me insight into their careers and experiences. There's something special about having the writers of Top Gun or Cheers offering constructive criticism on your work. We also have access to amazing guest speakers, free screenings, and networking events that make me feel confident about my place in the industry upon graduation.
What have been your greatest successes and challenges at school so far?
Imposter syndrome is no joke! Everyone in this school is incredibly talented, and sometimes it's easy to forget that you are just as skilled as everyone else. Initially, it was very hard for me not to compare myself to my peers, especially since many people came in with a lot more experience than me. I still struggle with this feeling sometimes, but my advice is to keep pushing and to keep reminding yourself that you deserve to be here!
What projects have you worked on that you’re proud of? OR What organizations are you involved with and why did you choose to join?
One of the SCA clubs I'm involved in is the Women of Cinematic Arts club (WCA). The organization focuses on giving a platform to female and gender non-conforming creators. It's a great place to share your work and learn about professional opportunities, as well as a place to get to know peers on other cohorts and majors that you wouldn't otherwise get to know in class
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about applying to SCA?
Don't be afraid to be vulnerable in your application. It's scary to imagine a bunch of strangers reading or watching something that would make you feel exposed, but those are the applications that really shine through. Plus, putting your vulnerabilities into your application will be good practice for when you start creating in class, where you'll also have to be vulnerable in front of faculty and peers. I also recommend showing a wide range of styles/genres in your application! For instance, for writing students, it doesn't hurt to have one comedic piece and one dramatic piece. Finally, once you're in SCA, my biggest recommendation is don't be afraid to make friends! This will be the first time in your life when you're stuck in a building with people who have a lot of the same interests and motivations that you do... so make the most of it.