Unscripted: Grab an Actor

Grabbing an actor doesn’t just mean pulling a few in to do a table read. I’m challenging you to grab an actor with your words. Make them want to beat out every other actor for that role — not because they want an acting credit, but because they are dying to play THAT role. The role YOU created.

Next week I’m on a panel at Screen Actors Guild Foundation in NYC with Michael Kostroff (Actor, “The Wire”), Pal Schnee (Casting Director), Emily Grace (Career Coach) and Gary King (screenwriter, producer, director).

I’m excited to learn from the other panelists and to hear actors’ perspectives on the industry.

Screenwriting isn’t just about satisfying our own desires to create stories. It’s about attracting actors to the characters we create, creating a vision a director wants to bring to life, and writing a story that makes a producer have to turn the page, knowing he/she can rally behind raising the millions of dollars it will take to bring your words to life.

Never forget you need all of them to make your dreams come true. Don’t fight it. Learn from it.

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