Erica Lane

Erica Lane

MFA, Writing for Screen & Television '21

What inspired you to want to study the cinematic arts?

Growing up watching movies and television by men/for men made me want to bring my voice to the screen. I think writing and media can have a lot of social impact-- I want to write the stories that I have always wanted to see.

What scholarship awards did you receive directly from SCA?

I received the Shriram Family Graduate Student Support Fund (2019 and 2020) and the David Isaacs "Hey Barnett, Nobody's looking, Can I Sit in your Chair" Award in honor of Jack Oakie (2020).

What has been the impact of receiving a scholarship from SCA?

It has made receiving my master's more affordable, especially in this economically strained time.

What activities or student organizations are you involved in outside of the classroom?

None. I used to work at a restaurant four days per week and intern, but have not returned to the restaurant since the pandemic began.

What has been your favorite class or project at SCA thus far?

My favorite class was CTWR 513: Writing the Short Script  with Sharon Greene, first semester. I learned so much about writing features, and started to find my voice.

What is a meaningful experience you've had while at SCA?

I have had nearly all women as professors at SCA. That is really meaningful to me, because in all of undergrad I only had one. I feel empowered to tell stories from my perspective and have had such great workshop experiences. 

What are your career goals after graduation?

I hope to find representation and eventually work as a staff writer in drama or comedy that focuses on women.

What advice do you have for prospective students looking to apply to SCA?

It's going to be hard work-- be prepared to have tight deadlines and write a LOT.  If you want to be a storyteller,  you're in the right place.