“Stopping a piece of work just because it’s hard, either emotionally or imaginatively, is a bad idea. Sometimes you have to go on when you don’t feel like it”. Meet Beedie Luminary Shima Brooks.
What program will you be taking in post-secondary and why does it interest you?
I will be attending the University of British Columbia currently taking arts, but I hope to eventually major in creative writing. I have always loved to write and want to pursue screenwriting as a career.
Tell us a little bit about your background (growing up, going to school, extra-curricular activities, etc.).
I grew up on Vancouver Island, mainly Tofino and the Cowichan Valley. I have always been passionate about the arts and nature. In high school, I was in involved in choir, musical theatre, environmental clubs and many other extracurricular activities. In Grade 12, I had the privilege to write and direct my own play, which was an amazing experience.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was a kid, I used to think I wanted to be a singer or actress.
What was your senior quote in high school?
A very sarcastic one: “I’m not coming to the reunion unless I’m more successful than all of you”.
What are you looking forward to in your freshman year?
Exploring Vancouver a bit and getting to participate in classes surrounding topics I’m really passionate about.
Who would you have dinner with if you could have it with any person, living or dead?
I think John Hughes. I would love to ask him how he wrote such realistic feeling characters.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
From Stephen King’s book on Writing: “stopping a piece of work just because it’s hard, either emotionally or imaginatively, is a bad idea. Sometimes you have to go on when you don’t feel like it”.
What was the last book you read?
“The Little Stranger” by Sarah Waters.
What would people be surprised to find out about you?
I don’t know how to surf. Most people assume that I do when I say I grew up in Tofino.Back To Top