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.
No one wants to hire the person who claims they'll be ready if they're offered an opportunity; employers want to hire the person who's ready NOW, already exuding competence and preparedness.
In other industries, people apply for a job, get hired, then move to the new city to start their new gig. Not in Hollywood.
Most people who "can't" move to L.A. ... or switch jobs ... or do the things necessary to break in ... simply don't want to. But make no mistake: THE CHOICE IS YOURS.
Your producer is entitled to NOTHING. And if a producer suggests working out some kind of financial arrangement before pitching your show... RUN.
In today's world of the Internet, online media, and social networking, being your own publicist is easier than ever (which doesn't mean it's "easy," per se… it's just easy-er).
Too many young people, eager to "make it" in Hollywood, dive into the professional literary world before they've gorged themselves on life, before they actually have something to say.
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.
Why do people hate thinking of screenwriting as a profession like any other? It may be a "creative" field, but so what? Designing airplanes requires creativity… yet no one expects Boeing to accept designs from amateurs over a website.
No other industry operates by having random aspirants submit ideas via a website. So why would Hollywood?