Personal Statement: Victoria Kinkade
I am 46, I have 6 children and 3 grandchildren. Yes, I know what causes that...now. No, I didn’t want to change it, even after I found out.
It’s simple - you tell stories from the perspective of your life experiences. Even if you don’t personally know anything about the subject, you can find bits and pieces you identify with in the details. I believe that’s what audiences and readers are connecting with in the final product. I’m not a murderer, but I can identify with the feelings of anger and loss that drove the character to kill. I am not a migrant worker, but I can identify with the feelings of responsibility and worry over caring for my family with little to no money. I’m not an Olympic athlete, but I know that feeling of working hard for a goal.
In this way I can take any subject and write honestly and persuasively. I throw my own pain, confusion, awkwardness, and love out on paper - exposing myself to others. Knowing they will resonate with my naked parts and connect with something in my characters. Writing carries the pieces of life - and when writing becomes alive on screen, it is magic.
I started writing for the screen after my second divorce, 14 years ago. I was free. Totally free. As free as you can be on your own with five children between the ages of 12 years and 6 months, no job, and an unfurnished low income apartment. But the funny part? That weird, unlikely ‘free’ felt so goddamn good. We were poor and sleeping on the floor but we were happy. It’s a perspective thing. And you can take anything from your experiences and spin it to suit your stories. I discovered that writing for the screen, a new discipline for me at that time, was cathartic – and it helped me escape into a world I had control over. I made the rules, and I drew from my past experiences.
I have plenty in my own life to influence my writing style and preferences - I raised myself as a poverty level young teen in a small mountain town, I was a serious athlete, I have been a young single mother, the wife of a war veteran, raped, abused, loved, a business owner, watched my father whither and die, had a nervous breakdown, loved some more (and better), a college graduate with honors, a devout herbalist, given birth at home at “Advanced Maternal Age”(#6), and finally discovered that life is what you make it. It really is up to you and what you want it to be.
I make stories.
Writing resume -
~ The Hallway, pilot produced, 13 episodes written. 2008-2009
~ Untitled Alcohol Abuse feature commissioned by Bigfoot Entertainment 2009
~ ScreenwritingU Alum 44B 2014
School - AS in Social Science Honors, Presidents Roll
Skills - herbalist, retired elite gymnast, gymnastics coach, master seamstress, event coordinator, foodie, business owner
Television by Roger Inman Writer