After years in the military and in finance, screenwriter Chandus Jackson came to Los Angeles in pursuit of a screenwriting career. Taking many turns, and generating endless close calls, Chandus finally landed his first writing assignment in 2020, and got staffed in 2021! Check out my breaking in interview with him to see how he did it.
You hear it said to screenwriters and TV writers all the time: Write what you know. But what does this directive actually mean? I break it down in my latest screenwriting blog post.
Anyone can say that they can write a good screenplay or a better TV pilot. It takes a serious writer to actually do it!
Many writers are quick to state that they don’t want their screenplay or pilot to be “just” a writing sample. But to those writers eager to construct a screenwriting or TV writing career, a great writing sample can mean all the difference.
The below post was written by Amadou Diallo, who, in what would be considered lightening-fast, went from new to repped writer (also winning a big screenwriting competition along the way) in just a year and a half. In this Real Writers Break In! guest blog, he breaks down what worked… read more →
In the second installment of my What to Expect series, I dig into the first and most important step you can take towards your screenwriting career: Learning the craft.
Most writers will wrestle with the question sooner or later: What should I write next? A TV Pilot or a feature? In my latest blogpost, I break out the factors that you should consider when making this decision.
Over the years, many writers have come to me wanting to know what to expect along their journey to the screenwriting or TV writing career they were hungry for. I’ve had the privilege of being invited to speak at universities, film festivals, screenwriting conventions and writing programs about that exact… read more →
Every road to screenwriting or TV writing success is paved with endless rejection and heartbreak. And every writer who is now working has heard No along the way. Here is how they got through it!
It’s great when a manager or agent asks to read your screenplay or pilot. But what does it take for a rep to decide to sign you? I break down the one thing reps are looking for in my latest blogpost.