Today we’d like to introduce you to Ben Nobile.
Ben, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Screenwriting is something I became interested in when I was a freshman in high school. At that time, I wasn’t in the best mental state, so when I’d come home I would watch Netflix and all these shows where I would connect with the characters. It became a type of therapy for me. I felt like I wasn’t alone in my own mind as much. Since then, I always wanted to create those same types of feelings for people. So I always had that idea in the back of my mind throughout school. But when I graduated, I didn’t take that step right away. To be honest, it scared me a lot. You look at the percentages of the people who actually make it in Hollywood and it’s really easy to say that can’t be me. Right after high school, I started working in retail and I hated it. At that point without a doubt in my mind, I knew that even if the odds are against me, trying to live your dream is a lot better than doing something you don’t like. So I finally took the step to move to Los Angeles and go to film school. After a year of doing that, I felt I still wasn’t where I wanted to be. I wanted to be doing more. So I left film school to try and make a name for myself in the city. Since I’ve done that, I’ve had some really good experiences and came across some really great opportunities. It couldn’t have worked out better.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
No. I don’t think anything that’s worth it is ever a smooth road. When I first got to LA it was really difficult being away from my family and friends I grew up with. That’s always been the most difficult part. They’ve always been such a strong support system for me so it was weird being away from them. I feel like there’s a difficult transition period for anyone being on their own for the first time but being on your own in this city is different. Starting out there is so much rejection and you’re warned about beforehand but even then it can be tough to adapt at first. You quickly have to find a way to shake it off and keep going. You’re competing with so many people for the same dreams so you don’t have time to feel sorry for yourself if some things don’t go your way. Not only that but when you’re in your early 20s, you’re still trying to figure out who you are. There can be a lot of pressure while trying to figure everything out. In the end I don’t mind the challenges though, I think they helped me grow into a better person and a better writer for sure.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
So as I said before, I’m a screenwriter. I started off writing sci-fi or drama but at the moment, I’m actually developing a kids series. It’s been a lot of fun writing and I’m really excited about it. The thought of being able to be a positive influence on the next generation through my stories is really rewarding. I’ve also been writing a book of short stories in the sci-fi genre that will appeal to an older audience. Other than that, I always have ideas up my sleeve that will come out when the times right. No matter what the story is, I try and stick to themes that a majority of people can relate to. Because I use TV as a form of therapy it really translated over to my writing. No matter who you are we all feel the same emotions and have our own difficulties we have to deal with in life. So anytime you can write something where you can entertain and make people feel like they’re not alone is special.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
There are so many people that helped me get to where I am. First off my Mom and Dad for always being supportive and encouraging me to follow my dreams. My sister understands me better than anyone and is always there when times get tough. My best friends Andrew and Alex are always on the phone with me listening to my ideas and helping me through everything. Mr.Childress has been that teacher you see in movies that always inspires you. Peter K stepped up for me a few years back and was able to get me my first job on a film set. Martha C has been a big mentor to me and helped me get some big opportunities. Growing up, I’d always go to this gym formally known as Compass Athletics and the people/coaches there played a big roll in my life. Mike P and Kyle H would never let me say, “I can’t do this” helped me create good work ethic and reach my full potential. All these people and many more helped me believe that I could do anything and when people believe in you it makes it 100% easier to believe in yourself.
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