Joshua Harnden

Joshua Harnden

Creative Executive


Dark Room Productions

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I always knew I wanted to be a writer or a storyteller.
At Phillips Academy I felt the world was my oyster.
At Princeton, I learned English Majors don't inherit the earth, bankers do.
I got to San Francisco two years too late to cash in on the Internet Boom.
So I became a bartender for a while, telling myself I'd write something.
Three years later, with mere fragments to show for it, I decided to move to Los Angeles.
The UCLA Professionals Program in Screenwriting gave me a leg up.
And luckily I got hired on "The Hills" where I got a graduate level education in TV.
Keep following my journey
Education

Education

highschool
High School
Phillips Academy
undergrad
Bachelor
English Language and Literature, General
Princeton University
graduate
Graduate
Creative Writing
Otis College of Art and Design
certification
Certification/License
Playwriting and Screenwriting
University of California-Los Angeles
Career

Career

Creative Executive

I write and produce content.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Writing
Writing
Television
Television
Being Creative
Being Creative

Day to Day

The perfect day includes reading, writing, exercise, cooking, and some form of creative collaboration with my wife, either video editing or production ... although in truth, it's rare that the forces conspire to allow perfection.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Video editing and production (i.e. camera work) are the central services we get paid for. We also do a lot of writing on spec, but until one of our projects hits it big, we'll be playing the co-production services game.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

The easiest thing you can do is start shooting and editing! I didn't get into TV production until I was around 27 ... I sometimes wonder what would've happened if I'd gotten started earlier, although as Nietzsche says, "Thus I will it!", i.e. no regrets...

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
English
graduate
Graduate
Fine Arts, Writing
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"Don't spend more money than you make."

Challenges I Overcame

Financial