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?
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?
Part 1: Contests & Representation Let’s agree on one thing: When it comes to the film and television industry, everything is possible. Over my many years working with screenwriters in the industry, I’ve seen it all. I’ve seen an older gentleman become a staff writer for the very first time,… 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 →
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 →
The question “Do you need more than one screenplay to attract representation?” is one that I’ve heard come up often for many writers I work with. If you have the one great script, isn’t that enough to make things happen for you in the entertainment industry? And if that script… read more →
Years ago, at a Representation panel I put together for the Screenwriting Expo, manager Jewerl Ross posed this question to the audience of screenwriters eager to secure representation: What can I, as a manager, do for you that you can’t do for yourself? While the answer, to some, is obvious… 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 →