Sept. 14, 2022

Army Vet Not Allowed to Watch Movies as a Kid, He Later Becomes a Hollywood Producer

“The diversity of individuals that I met in the military is something that I will be forever grateful for. I met people from all walks of life…Everyone was there for a different reason. But it didn't matter, like what your background was, or who you were, we came together, we had a single mission.”

Daril Fannin appreciates the time he had served in the military. The military not only gave him a way out of an extremely small town with limited opportunities, but it also opened his eyes to the possibilities that life has to offer.

In a recent interview with KP of The Morning Formation Podcast, Daril shares why he joined the military at the young age of 17. Daril grew up in an extremely small town and in a strict religious community where watching tv and movies was not allowed. He realized his ideas and beliefs were different and he also wanted to explore better opportunities in life.

Daril Fannin is an 8-year Army Veteran who served proudly as a medic and in logistics during his time in the service. He is now working in Hollywood as a Writer and Producer, working directly with people such as Matt Damon and Peter Berg. Fannin is also a co-founder of an organization that helps finance films via blockchain technology.

In the interview, Daril explains his transition out of the military and how he ended up moving to Hollywood. He struggled a lot in the beginning, but he never gave up nor did he allow the naysayers to crush his passion to write. Daril realized he needed help and mentorship, so he sought counsel from VME to help him transition into the film career.

“Veterans in media and entertainment. It's an incredible nonprofit that really helps soldiers and sailors and airmen and anyone with military service…They help you transition from your military service into the film and television careers. There's mentorship opportunities, which is absolutely fantastic.”

It is evident that Daril is a passionate writer, but he is also driven to help artists in the film industry. He is the CEO of Kino, a tech startup that helps protect artists from unfair accounting practices that often take place in Hollywood.

To hear more about Daril’s interesting transition from small town to the Army to Hollywood and to understand how he and his team are making big changes in the film industry, listen to the full interview.

Click here for the whole interview.


Blog post written by: Lina Gomez