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…
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.
How do you push your writing to the next level? Some of the most sought-after screenwriting experts in the industry today weigh in on how to become the great writer everyone is looking to work with!
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?
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.
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.
For many screenwriters either trying to break into the industry or make their way up the ranks, rejection is just part of the game. In fact, I tell new writers that come to work with me who have yet to make serious inroads in the industry that it’s their job… read more →
I don’t know what it is about the holidays, but every year, right around this time, I get an onslaught of emails, usually from writers I’ve never met, often ones living outside of Los Angeles, and all of which, in one way or another, say this: I wrote a spec… read more →
Right around this time of year my writers and I sit down and start making lists. Lots and lots of lists. With the end of the year and the holiday season just around the corner, it’s now time for writers, no matter their career stage or whether they are just… read more →