Warning: This blog post, which lists some of the hard truths about building a screenwriting career that every serious screenwriter should confront, is not for the faint of heart…
Every unrepped screenwriter hopes to attract a name agent or manager who will effectively advocate for him in the professional space. But what are some best-behavior do’s and don’ts that can help the screenwriter make the right impression?
Sure, to build a screenwriting career you have to be great on the page. But in todays competitive industry climate, you have to be able to speak about the experiences that defined and informed you. You are a storyteller. Your first story is your own.
If I, seasoned screenwriting career coach, was to write a want-ad for the ideal screenwriting client, one who has what it takes to go from emerging to professional, what would it include?
Screenwriters in search of representation have been utilizing query letters for years. But do they actually work? Get the lowdown on who and how to query, tips for writing a killer query and insights from managers on the receiving end in my latest BREAKING IN blogpost.
If you want to become a working screenwriter, or sustain a screenwriting career, not writing is just not an option. Learn how to create meaningful writing routines and build up those all important hours that will lead to the mastery of craft.
No one wants to hear that their screenplay or television pilot is boring, or forgettable, or just plain Meh. But in today’s industry climate, there is one thing that is even worse.
You hear it every day: Everyone in the industry is looking for a great screenplay. Good is just not good enough. They – agents, managers, showrunners, executives and producers – want to be transformed, surprised, excited and taken on an unexpected journey. Over the years, with the abundance of screenwriting… read more →
Most new writers come to the industry seeking an agent who will help introduce them and their work to film and television professionals. But today, are agents still on the forefront of talent discovery? And, if so, how do you get their attention?
There is a truth that every writer must contend with: Everyone loves an L.A.-based screenwriter. Hell, some agents and managers have gone on the record saying that they won’t sign a new writer unless he or she lives in Los Angeles. I, too, have come to know that nine times out of ten, my L.A. writers will be more consistent.