Soldier and coward. Architect and anarchist. Selfless source of inspiration and selfish know-it-all asshole. A writer is more than a single voice. Those who respect the craft and seek no self-sabotaging excuses can inhabit a thousand lives in this one. Funnel the broken spirits into stories. Share the journey.
Building a writing career is a test of perception and emotional endurance. Expecting the mission to be difficult, I accept it with all his heart:
To immerse in this collaborative art. To craft scripts for screens both big and small. To take worn out history and conjure new worlds. To help swing the market pendulum to be inclusive, not divisive.
At age 18 I traded cornfields for skyscrapers, leaving my small Illinois hometown to attend college in Chicago. I wrote, acted, edited, directed with the No Sleep Till Brooklyn focus of most film schoolers. Eager, naive, brimming with ideas and thirsting for adventure, I burned through my 20s with creative abandon:
A documentary shot in an Alaskan fishing village. An experimental coming of age feature directed with friends from the Blue Man Group. Music videos sliced for bands in Austin. Commercials created for used car dealers, politicians, pawn shops.
Juggling shooting, directing, and editing duties with day jobs left little time for writing, but the hands-on, in-the-trenches action helped hone my storytelling instincts. When I chose to refocus on my first love three years ago, the writing was not only there -- the words were sharp. The pages were ready to draw blood.
The best writing can flow from trauma. Crafted in the wake of deep personal loss, my script “Dead Men” won the 2013 ScreenCraft Fellowship. After an operation that winter winter, I wrote a feature from a hospital recovery room. That script, “The Volunteer,” has since been selected as a Top 50 script for the 2015 Nicholl.
My name is T.A. Snyder and I'm a storytelling vagabond, prepared to move west, south, overseas, to the moon if it means unearthing those precious details that communicate. Those golden moments that breathe life and ignite curiosity.
Writing is more than a dream or a job, it’s a way of life. It can grow dark, lonely and divisive, but in the end we’re all connected by our search for a little light.
Nicholl Fellowship Top 50 Semi-finalist
American Zoetrope Finalist
Columbia College Chicago