Within seven years of graduating from film school, Sheri Elwood had not only created her own successful TV series, but had written and directed a feature film starring Kirsten Dunst and Lynn Redgrave. Fast forward to the present: her current series, Call Me Fitz, which was inspired by her own family,...
Every year, networks shoot about 100 professionally shot, designed, acted, and edited pilots. These pilots are your competition. These are the pilots you need to beat with your writing alone.
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.
Finding an agent to represent you is not done by sending queries, e-mailing strangers, or submitting scripts. Finding an agent is something that must be EARNED.
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 …
Judges of writing contests aren't charged with finding scripts to develop or produce. They're charged with JUDGING A CONTEST... and quite frankly, most scripts submitted to contests are downright unreadable.
TV writers need to learn how to take a punch, a mandatory eight count and then get up and go back at it. They also have to know how to throw a punch.
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.
This is not an industry, or a career, where work can be half-assed. If you choose not to treat this like a professional career, YOU WILL NOT HAVE A PROFESSIONAL CAREER.