What are we really talking when it comes to the dreaded art of networking? At its heart, it’s all about relationship building.
When you’re trying to break into screenwriting or TV writing, what are tangible, industry-relevant wins, and when are you deluding yourself? Take a deep dive in my latest blog post, where names have been changed to protect the innocent.
When approaching the industry strategically, many writers consider not only what they enjoy writing or what format speaks to them, but also where they might have greater odds for building a tangible, sustainable, screenwriting career. Judging by the numbers, there are more opportunities in television than there are in film.… read more →
My husband is not an industry guy. Marrying me, and becoming son-in-law to my producer father, is as close as he ever wanted to come to this business. So when a director friend came over for brunch one Sunday a few months ago and told us how, after his first… read more →
Recently, a newly minted emerging writer asked me to meet with her. She had recently made the decision to shift careers to screenwriting, got her copy of Final Draft, started taking television writing classes, and now wanted to sit down with me to find out what it was going to… read more →
A few weeks ago I sat down for coffee with a manager friend to do our regular catch-up about all things writers and industry. She reps writers. I work with writers. She even reps a writer I work with. And I genuinely like and respect this particular manager, on top… read more →
Many years ago, in Chicago, an older gentleman came up to me during one of my lecture breaks and asked me, candidly and directly, if his age was going to be a challenge for his screenwriting career. He was eighty four then, just survived a mean battle with cancer, and… read more →
A few weeks ago, when debating which movie to go see at the local art house movie theater, I did what I often do to help come to a decision: I turned to reviews. One worthwhile reviewer, who actually gave this festival-favorite indie flick a somewhat positive review, highlighted this… read more →
The industry changed so aggressively over the past five years. Some attribute it to the writer’s strike of 2008. The strike in which the writers won the battle, but lost the war in many ways. A recent Vanity Fair article pointed out this moment as the time when Hollywood stopped… read more →