Podcast: Growth through perseverance and reflection for local writer

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Dylan Logue grew up in Wentworth Falls and attended Blue Mountains Grammar School. Through his upbringing and schooling years, Dylan developed a passion for creativity and spent countless hours exploring and experimenting with screen writing and film making.

After high school and despite initial rejection, Dylan was accepted into the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) to study Screen Production. The experience, whilst challenging at times, helped refine Dylan’s craft and instilled a sense of resilience and promoted the importance collaboration in screen production.

“I remember getting knocked back by AFTRS for their main course – it left me in the position of not doing a whole lot (straight after high school)”, Dylan said.

“Once accepted, I learnt a whole lot from AFTRS, especially about teamwork and how much effort goes into getting a project made”.

Beyond screen production, Dylan has also adopted fiction writing and is in the draft stage of his maiden novel, a process which started organically. Becoming an author has created an additional creative outlet for Dylan, with an element of independence and freedom channelled into his work.

“I started writing the book when my friend gave me a notebook as a gift”, Dylan said.

“Every morning I would get up and write a page or so. As I started writing I thought, ‘There is actually a story here’, and that became Chapter One of the novel”.

Learning and personal growth remain important for Dylan and it is a sense of self-awareness, alongside theory, that he feels is key to the continual development of his creative work.

“Reflection is going to be the way you learn. Once you do something sit back and think, ‘Am I happy with that? How could I do that better?’”, Dylan said.

“You will learn by doing, reflection and perseverance. Those are the three things that will get you across the line”.

Find out more in the latest episode of the Passion & Perspective Podcast, hosted by Jonathan Robinson-Lees.

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