After months of honing his scripts, Manny Fonseca finally got a meeting at one of the big Hollywood agencies. Here's the story of how he blew it.
"Who ARE professional readers?" "If someone writes a good story with terrible dialogue, would that get rejected?" "What are the biggest mistakes made by amateur writers?" YOU ASKED. WE ANSWERED.
No matter how good you are, when you get to the professional world, you will be competing against thousands of people who are better. So, there is no "good" … there is no "good enough" … there's only the never-ending pursuit of being stronger. Start now.
Agencies are the best starting place for anyone launching a Hollywood career… even if you don't want to be an agent. Many networks, studios, and producers won't even hire assistants who don't already have agency experience.
If screenwriting is not a "calling," if it's just something you've thought about trying when you have some spare time… then I say, "don't bother." Because you will be trampled by hordes of other screenwriters—of all ages—who want it more badly, and are willing to do more to get it, than...
Going to a coverage service is like flipping through the phone book to find a therapist. You MIGHT get the exact right person reading your script… but I wouldn't put money on it.
People often think agents find talented writers and help them get hired or sell scripts. And while there's truth in this, it's not a fair perspective on agents' jobs.
When people are super-proprietary over ideas they pitch, and they think it’s the only one of its kind, A) they’re wrong, and B) it feels like amateur hour.