Today we’d like to introduce you to Beau Clarke.
Beau, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’m from a Ventura, California -a small suburban surf town north of L.A. I started writing stories as soon as I learned how to write in the first grade. In high school, I surfed a lot and rarely made it to class. I surfed a lot and never got good grades. At one point, I wanted to be a professional surfer and competed in contests around the country. I wasn’t as talented as some of the other kids though. So that dreamed died out quickly. It was fun while it lasted. But when I finished high school, I decided to attend city college so I could transfer to a good school for writing. I ended up graduating from UCLA and option-selling my senior thesis screenplay. Unfortunately the screenplay never got made, but it came close. And that’s enough motivation to keep me writing everyday and pursuing a career in screenwriting.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It’s been trying. It’s hard pursuing something there is zero promise in. And there are times I think of doing something else and divorcing my passion, especially under the current political climate. Everything seems unstable. But those thoughts never last long. Writing is what I love, and ultimately that’s what one needs to push through -the absolute inability to truly see yourself pursuing anything else.
The single greatest struggle I had is one of my first projects was stalled. We were very close to making the film when the studio executive switched out and the new one didn’t like the project. He thought the script was too risky -an ugly trend in Hollywood at the moment. I was only 21 and it crushed me. But I’ve had opportunities since and it taught me to deal with rejection early on. Something everyone in this industry encounters.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
Currently, I’m freelance. I recently left Silverline Entertainment over disagreements about the script I was working on. There’s a chance I’ll be hired to work on one that’s more in their genre. But I’m still waiting to see.
What were you like growing up?
I was an introvert that enjoyed people. That is to say, I really liked my friends but would get easily exhausted and needed alone time. Naturally, it’s hard to be a teenager with this kind of personality. Playing video games or reading books by yourself is seen as weird, which made high school life hard. Especially since the biggest loudest guys are always with the girl, you have a crush on. I really didn’t like high school. Loved college. Hated high school. But I think it’s this introverted personality that allows me to write. I’ve always been a voyeur, in a sense, and this observing has allowed me to see things in people I think most don’t notice which, in return, allows me to create real characters.
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