Shonda Rhimes is the creator, head writer, and executive producer of multiple television series and other projects.
In May 2007, Rhimes was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 People Who Help Shape The World.
She studied screenwriting at the University of Southern California, was ranked at the top of her class and earned the Gary Rosenberg Writing Fellowship.
She obtained a Master of Fine Arts degree from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. [From Wikipedia profile.]
Photo: Shonda Rhimes with stars of her shows Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder: Ellen Pompeo, Kerry Washington and Viola Davis (from People).
In this video from her MasterClass on writing, she comments:
“There are as many different types of dramas as you can make up in your head…
“People are dying for good writers right now.
“Remember that you belong in any room…if you don’t feel like you truly belong, act like you belong.”
Rhimes comments on her role as a working mother:
“If I am succeeding at one, I am inevitably failing at the other.
“That is the trade-off. That is the Faustian bargain with being a powerful working woman who is also a powerful mother.
“You never feel one hundred percent okay. You never get your sea-legs. You are always a little nauseous.”
She also said of creative ambitions:
“A lot of people dream. And while they are busy dreaming, the really happy people, the really successful people, the really interesting, powerful, engaged people? Are busy doing.
“I wanted to be Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison. That was my dream.
“I blue-skied it like crazy. I dreamed and dreamed. And while I was dreaming I was living in my sister’s basement.
“Dreamers often end up living in the basement of relatives.” [Quotes from her imdb profile.]
Sign up for her online class to learn how to be a successful writer – for television or other forms: