In less than three decades, Daril Fannin’s God given motivation to excel has helped him accomplish some worthy achievements, and this month, he’s about to embark on a new challenge in Hollywood.
On June 30, Daril ended his eight years of service in the Tennessee Army National Guard. During his service, he earned the titles of Soldier of the Year and NCO of the Year (Non Commissioned Officer). He served in Winchester, Shelbyville and Cookeville as a Medic and administrative NCO.
Prior to his service Daril became a licensed minister at age 17, and at 19, began an advertising business with his brother, David. Daril handled the sales and business end of the venture. After they closed the business, he enrolled at Motlow College and studied screen writing.
“Then I realized I had a passion for storytelling. I wrote several scripts,” said the 26-year-old. “I like all genres. I write a lot of thriller or action scripts – and do a little with comedy,” he said.
“The key will be finding my voice … and finding what genre it lends itself to.”
In college, he met the love of his life, Erin, who became his wife five years ago.
Daril earned his undergraduate degree online through South New Hampshire University.
Recently, Daril was accepted to three out of three top film schools in the U.S., including UCLA, New York Film Academy and Loyola Marymount University. As part of the application process, he had to submit 200 pages of writing samples.
Daril said he chose the three-year program at Loyola Marymount University because of its third year program, which teaches the students how to get into the film industry and also allows them to attach themselves to a professional in the industry. Students also learn how to “pitch” a script.
“I don’t know if I’ll end up in TV or screen,” he said.
In mid-July, the couple will begin the long journey to Westchester, Calif. The beautiful campus of Loyola University overlooks Marina del Rey.
Once settled, Daril plans to start a blog at darilfannin.com and post some of his writings and his findings and try to explain some of the screen writing structure to those who follow him.
“I’m hoping my people skills will help me to develop relationships and communicate my ideas.”