That time of year when the prestigious TV writing programs start reaching out to few for second samples and interviews, but pass over many others, can be a difficult period for many talented scribes.
A writer calls me the other day: “So I wanted to get notes on my script. How much do you charge for that?” Me: “I’m a career consultant. I’m not a reader or – for that matter – a script consultant. Did you find me through my website?” Writer: “Ahhhh…… read more →
Disclaimer: I am writing this openly and unabashedly pissed off. Which means… This may come off harsher than I would usually want but… Fuck it. It needs to be said. So my apologies in advance if I offend. A few days ago, I sat down for a creative development session… 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 →
When you hear agents and managers talk about what differentiates them from the competition, many will narrow it down to this: Taste level. The belief that their taste level is superior, and that they are therefore able to single out the most promising talent and most marketable work. Part of… read more →
Dear writers (or as Todd likes to call you, My Scrappers), Returning home from a Thanksgiving getaway to San Francisco, I sat on my bed with my beautiful 8-year-old son and my sparkly 4-year-old daughter for our nightly ritual, tell-me-time. My son mused: “Mommy, don’t you wish you and daddy… read more →
Full disclosure: I can be quite the cynic. I probably think that I am more than I actually am, but still… It’s not often that one finds me gushing over anything or anyone unless we’re talking about my kids, my husband or my writers (in that order), so when I… read more →
Thinking about taking a break building or maintaining your screenwriting career? Don’t do it unless you’re ready to walk away entirely. Coming back will not be a piece of cake.