Driving a bus from Pittsburgh to New York is something Tim Federle fondly remembers from his childhood. “I used to take a Greyhound bus after school at night,” he explained at the press conference. “I don’t know why my parents let me do this. And I was taking the bus, then going to an audition the next morning.”
On one particular visit, he had an audition lined up at Radio City Music Hall. However, “I was cut,” he admitted. Still, it wasn’t so bad in the end. “It was the dream, because I’ve never been happier than when I was making a dollar a week because I was surrounded by like-minded people,” he said.
Following your dreams is something that every person on this planet is capable of understanding, and of course we know how Federle’s story ends: he becomes a renowned screenwriter and director at Disney. Now he wants to inspire everyone else to write the life story they’ve always dreamed of for themselves. “As a kid with big dreams, whether your dream is Broadway or being a chess champion or going to the Olympics, I think a lot of people can relate to the idea of feeling different and wanting find their own,” Federle said. “And I was really proud of how it all turned out.”
“Better Nate Than Ever” is available to stream Friday, April 1 exclusively on Disney+.