It takes a village (agents, managers, executives, and endless advocates) to help a screenwriter build a screenwriting career. Staying humble and appreciative is key to making those relationships lasting and productive, and inspiring others to work hard for you.
Often times, agents, managers, producers and executives pass on a screenplay or TV pilot script with one simple line: “I didn’t connect with the material.” But what do they mean when they say that?
When I interviewed Jewerl Ross, renowned literary manager (who is these days celebrating the immense success of his longtime client, MOONLIGHT writer/director Barry Jenkins), for my upcoming book, BREAKING IN: TALES FROM THE SCREENWRITING TRENCHES, he told me of the screenplays he reads and the content he sees: “If it’s… read more →
With holiday decorations going up at the local malls, radio stations dedicating themselves to Christmas carols 24/7 and winter weather visiting us everywhere, my screenwriters – working, emerging and otherwise – and I are working our way through our end-of-year screenwriting check lists. There is plenty to learn from the… read more →
(Names and places have been changed to protect the innocent.) A few months ago, I was invited to speak at a highly regarded academic institution, to a group of newbie television writers who signed up for an introductory class in television writing, in which they were tasked with writing their… read more →
About a year and a half ago, I was having coffee with my friend Dallas Sonnier when he said: “We’re all waiting to see who will be the first manager to go to 15%.” It made sense Dallas would say this; after all, he had just told me that ever… read more →
What is the deal? If you’re over 35, are you as good as dead? Do you really absolutely have to pick a genre? And is the spec market really dead? There are some rumors that seem to have become truths out there, while other realities have been written about again… read more →
Recently, I met with a writer who approached me because she decided that the next stage of her career was getting an agent. Agents help writers build careers, don’t they? Therefore, getting an agent seemed like the natural next step. The longer we talked about it, the more I was… read more →
Half the writers I talk to have a very clear goal: They want to get repped. And not just repped. Repped by ICM, WME, CAA or, if their ego can bare it, UTA. Lets not even discuss Paradigm or APA. However, what most never stop to consider, outside of what… read more →