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.
There was a time when late-night shows accepted unsolicited jokes and packets. Those days are gone.
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.
Los Angeles is full of thousands upon thousands of aspiring screenwriters desperate to prove they're talented, creative, and interesting any way they can … including via their business cards.
Study shows you most admire. Learn how those shows tell their stories, then use them as models when creating your own show.
In other industries, people apply for a job, get hired, then move to the new city to start their new gig. Not in Hollywood.
You'll probably be moving out here without a job, so you'll want a nest egg to help you survive. Here are some major expenses you can expect to encounter for various L.A. lifestyles.
Be honest with yourself about your project's business model and commercial potential. Just as specific producers work on specific types of material, so do certain agents.
Aspirants often think cold-calling, querying, and unsolicited submissions are viable methods for getting an agent. But they're actually a waste of time, energy, and postage. So let's take a look at some methods that work …
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 you do.