Wylie High School senior Chance Anderson loves movies. He just never watches them.
“I close my eyes and I can hear the sound,” he says.
Chance’s dream is to be a Hollywood composer. In fact, he often goes to the theater just to listen.
“There are moments I have to step back, ‘oh yeah, there’s a movie going on, not just a concert,’” Chance said.
Convinced that film was his forte, Chance entered the prestigious Marvin Hamlisch film scoring contest, an award given to the best young composer in the world. Never mind that he once entered a smaller, state contest and lost... or that he’d have to beat more than 600 composers from around the world.
“I just wanted the experience and just humble myself and say I learned some things and I grew through it,” he said.
So, when he wasn’t at school, chance was at his studio: the hallway broom closet. The goal: create a soundtrack for a short, four-minute film.
Chance often worked late into the night, much to his mom’s dismay.
“I probably would’ve liked him to get a little bit more sleep than he got,” Chance’s mom, Torrey Anderson, laughed. “But look at the end result.”
Once he was finished, Chance had created a four-minute masterpiece. Still, he knew it was a long-shot.
A few months later, he got a letter thanking him for his entry with a note at the bottom.
“[It said] congratulations, you are the winner,” he said. “I immediately stood up and I freaked out and I called my mom and I go, ‘mom! I won!’”
“I just stopped in my tracks and started bawling,” Torrey said. “I was like, ‘are you serious? Are you kidding me?!”
Chance accepted his award last weekend in New York City, and while he’s got a long road to Hollywood, he’s convinced he's on the right path.
“I absolutely feel like this is what I’m supposed to be doing,” he said. “I’m supposed to be here right now.”
That’s music to his ears.