HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Veteran Hollywood screenwriter and University of Southern Mississippi alumnus David Sheffield was at USM Thursday, speaking about the entertainment industry.
He also discussed how he made the transition from a career in advertising on the Gulf Coast to writing for the legendary sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live.
"If anybody wants to know how to get into show business, I can tell them," Sheffield said. "I always say, the first thing you have to be is really, really lucky and then, if you're lucky and you get into show business, you've got to be very, very prepared and then you have to work very hard."
Sheffield appeared as part of this week's FestivalSpeaks sessions at Scianna Hall.
They are being held in conjunction with the annual FestivalSouth.
Former WDAM-TV News Director Randy Swan co-hosted the event.
Sheffield graduated from Southern Miss in 1972 and also worked for a few years at WDAM-TV before writing for television and movies.
"I think it's kind of a golden age of television," Sheffield said. "There is excellent TV being made right now. I think actually the quality of television now is better than that of feature films."
Sheffield now lives in Jones County.
Other FestivalSpeaks presentations this week have featured actor Gary Grubbs and Mississippi blues artist Vasti Jackson.