An Interview With Krista DiMeglio ’17
December 13, 2017
Emma Corcoran: Why did you choose your major?
Krista DiMeglio: My grandmother passed away when I was 14. Nobody in my family had the mindset to write and give a eulogy at her funeral. So at 14, I volunteered. I walked up to the podium in a black dress my best friend let me borrow and faced all of the people in that packed Church in Astoria, Queens, a few blocks from where she lived. I wrote the eulogy the night before and didn’t let my mother check over it. When I was speaking I looked around the room and people stopped crying. They started smiling and laughing and remembering her the way I know she would have wanted to be remembered by. After the service, people started coming up to me and thanking me for my words. They told me I brought light to a sad situation and even though we lost Nancy DiMeglio, a great member of the community, it still felt like for a few moments she was here.
From that moment on I started writing. I started off small with some poems and short stories. Two of my poems are actually published. Then my love for movies came in and I had to find a way to combine the two. So I decided to commit to screenwriting & playwriting and what better place to do that than Purchase.
EC: What are some things people don’t typically know about Playwriting/Screenwriting?
KD: It’s a field that will always be in demand for the entertainment industry and if you have the right idea, at the right moment, with the right people, you’re going to get a paycheck. For the most part (especially in playwriting) it’s a starving artist type of deal until you make it/ get the validation for your writing, but if you can get something made or prove your ability with a speck script or have your movie/script read by the right person, you have a chance of making it in the movie business.
EC: What was your favorite class you took related to your major?
KD: My favorite class had to have been my Junior Seminar class with Professor Christina Anderson. The class was a lot of work and was really more about the idea process for your senior project. However, after finishing that class I came out of it with 5 more ideas that I can turn into movies and TV shows. All the ideas are developed (from homework assignments), the research is already done on all of them, and they are all mapped out for me to start writing them. So what it comes down to is sitting down and writing them all out/convincing the right people to give you their time and read it. It really set me up for my future after graduation.
EC: Where do you draw inspiration to write?
KD: I draw inspiration from a few places. It’s hard and everyone suffers from writer’s block, not just writers. It’s more of a motivational type of thing. Sometimes a new setting will do it or sometimes I kind of just wait for the idea to come to me and grow. For example, I’ll have the idea and then it will probably take me 8 months from it’s conception to actually start writing it. In those 8 months, I’ll be driving and an idea for a scene will pop into my head, or I’ll be talking with someone and it will spark something. There isn’t one specific inspiration for my writing it’s more of a waiting game. However, if I do go to the gym or go to fencing, or clean my room, or do something productive then I get on a motivational high and then want to sit down and write. Talking about my ideas for scenes or titles or anything with people I can trust can give me motivation to go write as well because if they respond well to it, it sort of gives me a validation that I’m on to something and my idea/writing isn’t complete garbage. I have two opinions of my writing. The first is, this is the worst thing I’ve ever written why did I pick this career path, I hate this and I’ll forever be unsuccessful. Or, the second, the writing is going well, thanks for asking, It’s developing (which means good basically) and sometimes I’ll even start out hating it and then something will happen and I will see another side or angle to it and I can make a run at it.
EC: Do you feel you’ve gained skills applicable to everyday life during your time as a student at Purchase?
KD: Yes I do and I’m not just saying this because I work as a recruiter for the college, but going there and learning there as a student I can honestly say, I got a fabulous education. I learned a lot and I really got the confidence I needed when I needed it. I never doubted myself for choosing Screenwriting & Playwriting, and I bet my education through SUNY will match up with an Ivy League education, maybe even surpass it, for half/a quarter of the price. So honestly, choosing Purchase, for my field, and education, was probably one of the smartest decisions I’ve ever made.
EC: What is your favorite memory of being a student at Purchase?
KD: My favorite memory of being a purchase student was making friends I know I’ll have for life and all the fun times we shared, as well as growing into myself as a person here. I think back to freshmen year and sophomore year and basically think, I knew nothing, I wasn’t even an adult. Now, especially on graduation day,