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Zach King: The Storyteller in All of Us at TEDxPortland (Transcript)


Zach King

Read here the full transcript of filmmaker and YouTuber Zach King’s TEDx Talk: The Storyteller in All of Us at TEDxPortland conference.

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Zach King – Filmmaker and YouTuber

It was six years ago that I was just leaving Portland. I had been born and raised here, and I was taken off to LA to go live there. And it was scary to be a young — just graduated from high school – kid, planning on taking over the film world, and I was just planning on going out to be a film student in Los Angeles at that time.

And if you were to come up and ask me, “What do you think you are going to be doing when you graduate film school?” I would have, of course, said, “Well, I’m going to be in Hollywood, making feature films for the big screen, and my name up in lights, and working alongside my favorite director: Spielberg here. Of course, that was going to happen.

But actually, fast forward to today, and I’m actually making short videos out of my garage for this — the small screen and the Internet. And this is one of the tools that has changed my life among a couple of others.

See, what actually happened was I didn’t get into film school like I expected. I ended up having a year at university while I was waiting to reapply, and I was kind of bummed out like, “Okay, man, I thought my calling was to be a filmmaker, and direct with Spielberg.”

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