Ryan Murphy at UCLA

Tonight, Ryan Murphy spoke on campus for Tom Nunan’s Master Class for well over three hours. Although we weren’t part of the Master Class, our program was invited to the event. Tim and I got there extra early to make sure we would get seats because we did not want to miss this opportunity.

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Image by UCLA
The evening consisted of a run through of Ryan Murphy’s TV career, which started with a teen dramedy called Popular and culminated with modern day favorites like Glee and American Horror Story. We saw clips from all of his shows and then listened to how and when these concepts started. I’ve heard it time and time again, and it was emphasized tonight: TV is the writer’s medium. Just looking at the successes of these shows proved that.

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Image by Claudia Sawyer via Facebook
I’ve heard a lot of varying reviews of these Master Classes, but one thing is clear: It’s giving the general public access to education and information it might not otherwise receive. Ryan told us to follow our dreams and stick it out; the ones who do seem to succeed eventually. He taught us the importance of having themes in our stories and how each “No” we hear should push us toward the next thing rather than let it deter us. As a huge AHS fan and having just finished watching People vs. OJ, I thought it was an inspiring experience to hear Ryan talk tonight. He was even gracious enough to continue taking audience questions well after his allotted time. 

Once again, a big thank you to UCLA for putting on these amazing events.

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