Spielberg once said "I don't dream at night, I dream all day; I
dream for a living." Steven began to show outstanding talents
with a strong imagination and a great passion for arts at an early
age. Steven's family encouraged and supported him in doing what he
loved which happened to be filmmaking. "Arnold Spielberg had a
little 8mm movie camera. The family often went camping, and he would
record the trips on film. Finally, his dad told Steven that he ought
to film the movies himself if he thought he could do so much better."
(Sirimarco, Elizabeth). Stevens's father, Arnold, encouraged Steven
into filmmaking by giving him a camera and letting Steven make
movies, and he enjoyed it. "Filmmaking was no longer just a
hobby. By the age of twelve, Steven was already serious about making
a career for himself as a movie director." (Sirimarco,
Elizabeth). Twelve year old Steven Spielberg began to push himself to
look deeper into the film industry. A hero never gives up; they work
hard and are determined to succeed. If they do not know where to
begin they will find a way. Through Steven Spielberg's
accomplishments in numerous award-winning movies he exudes a persona
both hard-working and determined.
strived for greatness and constantly pushed himself at a young
age. Steven has a great imagination, which he incorporated into his
films and the way he presented them. "When Steven was young he
often charged admission for home movies, while his sister Annie sold
popcorn. At the age of 12 Spielberg finished his first script. At the
age of 13 he won a prize for his 40-minute war movie."
(WriteWork). Steven understood that filmmaking was what he wanted to
do with his life and due to his hard work; he reached his dream
sooner. Spielberg began at almost nothing and slowly climbed his way
up to creating movies and producing his own scripts. Steven really
cared about getting a career in filmmaking, that he took the time to
get further information. "Spielberg began pushing his way into
the film industry when he was about 18. During summer vacation, he
took the studio tour at Universal Pictures." ("Steven
Spielberg"). At this time in Spielberg's life he needed to
motivate himself more if he wanted to succeed, he needed advice from
professionals. Steven spent a lot of time at Universal; he was trying
to get himself out there and get others to view his films. Becoming
part of the exclusive film industry and becoming known was the first
was determined to get into the film industry and because of his
ambition; he started to live the dream. Steven's high school grades
were not so good (he was later diagnosed with dyslexia); but even without a great education, Steven still
began to succeed in his filmmaking. "Since his high school
grades were not good enough for acceptance into film school,
Spielberg became a student at California State College (now
University), Long Beach; he still found time, however, to spend three
days a week on the Universal Studios lot, asking executives to view
his films." ("Steven Spielberg"). For many students
attending college, education should be a top priority. For Steven,
his films were at that same level because he was determined to get
further in his career. Even with a tight schedule, trying to fit in
study time for his education, Spielberg still found the time to visit
Universal and talk to executives about his films. At that time in
Steven's life more people knew him, he was getting out there.
"Spielberg was essentially self-taught, spending three days a
week during college hanging around the Universal lot, observing and
hobnobbing. His last amateur film, the short Amblin' (1968), won him
a directing contract at Universal" ("Steven Spielberg").
Steven's hard work begun to pay off, all those times he went to visit
Universal to observe, to talk to people, helped him get somewhere in
the film industry. Spielberg had made many films and one of his short
films won him a directing contract, and because of that his dream was
beginning. Starting at nothing, just making movies at home at a young
age had lead Steven to Universal where his dream began.
Spielberg exudes a persona both hard-working and determined through
his accomplishments in numerous award-winning movies. Steven always
found the time to work on getting closer to his dream. But that was
not good enough to Steven, he wanted more. He went to Universal three
times a week, trying to get as many people as he could to view his
films. Now all of that has paid off, he is a success. When Steven was
younger he would get bullied and would have a difficult time in
school socially. "From an early age, Spielberg was forced to
overcome his fear of standing out and of being different. His years
at Saratoga High School, which he calls "the worst of my life",
exposed Spielberg to much anti-Semitic sentiment. The family had
recently moved into this affluent San Francisco suburb, where
Spielberg found he did not fit in." ("Steven Spielberg").
He had a difficult childhood and was bullied at school but he still
stayed strong. Whenever Steven made his movies he would be himself,
get away from his life at school and get into his life in filmmaking.
He did not let bullies and being different get in the way of
achieving his dream. Steven Spielberg, just like any other person,
had a dream. He began at nothing and pushed his way to success. He is
proof that anyone else who has a dream can achieve it; they just need
that little push to get them started.
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