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If you want to break into screenwriting, you have to understand how the industry works
In a coaching session a few days ago, an emerging writer I work with was telling me about the pilot script that he’s recently rewritten with guidance and input from highly regarded industry mentors, which he was now getting ready to submit to a few upcoming competitions, fellowships and writing… read more →
This is a guest blog post from working writer Amadou Diallo whose TV credits include AMC’s Parish, Showtime’s Billions, and the upcoming Sammy Davis Jr. Bio-Series. As I build a writing career in Hollywood, I’m often asked for advice about how to get that first job in a writers’ room. I have plenty… read more →
Query letters have long been a path for new, relatively un-industry-connected writers to approach literary managers in the hopes that the rep on the receiving end will request their screenplay or pilot from the logline presented in said query letter (which today is really an email), respond to the writing,… read more →
Over the many years I’ve been coaching and the many blogposts I’ve written, no one has ever accused me of sugarcoating anything. In fact, my loyalty to portraying things as I perceive them to be in this industry has drawn the ire of many a writer over the years. So… read more →
There are so many conversations that go into a decade of career coaching. So many writers I’ve sat down with. So many sessions. In the decade I’ve been coaching emerging and professional screenwriters, I’ve met with close to 2,000 individual writers. Coached upwards of 150 hours per month. Read more… read more →
There’s lots out there about what it takes to break into screenwriting. But what are the things you need to be good at for a successful screenwriting career?
There’s no shortage of questions to ask and things to learn when a writer decides to take a head-first dive into screenwriting. Not everyone is going to jump right into the deep end; some will test the water, take a step back before deciding to go further, or just walk… read more →
A few weeks ago, I found myself talking to a talented writer I’ve worked with for some time, who appeared unusually on edge. Always lovely, humble and forthcoming, the writer soon acknowledged his added layer of screenwriting stress and explained it this way: “I just celebrated my birthday. On top… read more →