Name: Davie Marchant
How long have you been in Greenville? I was born in Atlanta, but moved to Greenville, SC when I was two years old.
Most interesting fact about you: I am a master cowbell player. It's my calling. I can't go a day without playing along to a little bit of Blue Oyster Cult.
I also won the Palmetto Playwriting Award in 2017 for an original play that I wrote called Wars and Inquisitions.
Your background: I've lived in Greenville for most of my life with my parents and younger brother, Spencer.
I decided in middle school that I wanted to write for film, so I began to write screenplays. In high school, I attended the Fine Arts Center for Digital Filmmaking. I hope to go on to produce and write for film after college.
I also love learning new languages and aspire to be a true polyglot. I have taken classes and spent time learning French, Spanish, German, and Sarcasm. Another passion of mine is travel and I would love to live in Peru for a time.
Currently reading or watching: I'm a huge fan of Stephen King and Zora Neale Hurston, which is an interesting mix. I love Criminal Minds and reruns upon reruns of The Office.
Hobby: I'm an avid writer and I try to cut at least twenty minutes out of every day to write something. I also embroider and sell jean jackets that I decorate. Most of my time is spent on set, however, since a large part of my major is focused on experience. I also really love music, from Led Zeppelin to Beethoven.
Tagline / Motto: "I'll figure it out" (I'm a problem solver)
Who do you work for? I'm a student, so I spend most my time at school in Nashville, "working" for free on film sets. However, I've worked at the Cleveland Street location of Sidewall Pizza Company since it opened in 2016.
What is your day-to-day on the job? Being on a film set is an intensive experience, but it's what I love.
During production season, which is the first six or seven weeks of each semester, I spend Friday, Saturday, and Sunday on set for anywhere from 5 to 12 hours a day.
Usually, our crews are pretty small, so there's a lot of lifting and moving of the gear. We set up lights, figure out the movements of the actors and the camera, and record the script. People don't realize it, but a short, five-minute film can take days to shoot. While not on set, I spend time in class, hanging out with friends, and, of course, going to the movies.
How do you think Greenville would describe you in one word? I think that I would be described as "ambitious."
My inquisitive and curious nature has led the way for me to be successful in many ambitious pursuits. I set my standards high and reach for them with a passion.
Planning crazy excursions to other countries, and pursuing a career in the film industry are both quite ambitious to say the least. I learn from my mistakes, move on, and take courage in my faith and hope that the next adventure is on the horizon.
How would you describe Greenville in one word? "Rising"—Greenville is rising physically and metaphorically every day. I mean, look at all the new apartments and buildings being built! It's so different now than even when I was a kid.
Besides residence, where is your favorite Greenville morning hangout? When I'm in Greenville, I love hanging out at Coffee Underground. I've been going there ever since I was a kid and their desserts are absolutely phenomenal. I go get coffee there in the morning, but honestly, there is always a time for a turtle mocha.
Besides residence, where is your favorite Greenville evening hangout?When I was in high school, I loved going swing dancing at the different Upstate Swing locations. Currently, it's located and Landmark Hall.