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Writers Mindset – How Old Is Too Old For Hollywood

George R. R, Martin is 67 years old. He's the originator of the Emmy winning Best Drama, Game of Thrones. He seems to be doing quite well in television at his advanced age. It does happen. Of course he was a successful novelist first. And that makes all he difference.

However, that is most certainly not the case with most writers over 67, or 57.

The unfortunate truth is there is ageism in Hollywood. However, that doesn’t mean...


agents

How Writers Get Agents and Managers

One of the most difficult tasks ahead of aspiring screenwriters is finding representation. Agents in today’s screenwriting marketplace are so busy scratching and clawing to get their established writers work, they have little time to grow “baby writers” who may or may not ever sell anything.

Adding to this is a troubling trend among the studios away from buying original screenplays, and especially away from buying original screenplays written on speculation. Studios want built in audiences, and...


Career

When To Quit Your Day Job

In deciding whether or not to quit your day job, you’ll have to consider all of your expenses. You’ll have to pay rent and in LA that can be $2,000 a month easily. You might want to get a roommate to help with the payments. Then there’s the car, food, clothes, gas, and the rest of it.

A big budget item these days is healthcare.  If you start selling scripts to  Writers Guild of America’s (WGA’s) signatory...


Career Strategy

Some Screenwriters Never Quit Their Day Jobs

There are lots of reasons even working screenwriters don’t quit their day jobs. Some of them love their jobs and can’t imagine leaving. Some aren’t making enough writing screenplays, and need the security. Screenwriting can be a lonely occupation. For some writers the only time they see other people is at work.

You would think the whole reason to have a day job is so you can quit it when you become successful. But let’s say...


General

Famous Screenwriter’s Day Jobs

Just about every famous writer we admire lived a life filled with struggle; mental, and motivational struggle, struggle with rejection, exhaustion, focus, and discipline. They lived a life of uncertainty.

Many aspiring writers today are juggling their personal lives, their creative lives and perhaps most difficult; their finances. Some writers are subsidized by their parents, or their spouses, or their family members.

Almost all writers go through a period when they have to keep a day job...


Career

The Best Day Jobs For Hollywood Writers

A problem facing almost all aspiring TV and film writers or filmmakers is how to pay the rent while they’re writing speculative TV pilots or features.

The traditional entry level day jobs, working as a barista, an Uber driver, a waiter, cocktail waitress or bartender (combined with writing) can be physically and emotionally exhausting. When these writers finally have time to knock off a few pages, they’re hardly...


Actors

8 Ways To Get Your Script Read


You’ve finished polishing your screenplay. You’ve done your best to incorporate feedback from various sources. If you have an agent or a manager, you want to get their feedback, too. You’ll want to strategize with them about where your script should be sent.

Most unproduced writers, however, don’t have an agent or a manager. How do they get their script to the right people?

In many of these cases, it's all about finding contact information for actors,...


Creativity

7 Things to Do After You’ve Finished Your First Draft

You’ve spent six months to a year breaking your story, outlining it, then sitting down to write the screenplay. You’ve finished your first draft. It’s far from perfect. Some people call the first draft “the vomit draft.” The important thing is – you finished it.

You might have been working a day job, writing when you could. You might have had to support a family, and had to make difficult sacrifices. It can be emotionally exhausting....


Career Strategy

Writer’s Voice: Look Deeper

Examining your emotions, attitudes and opinions are all part of self-discovery, which is a great way to find your voice.  Set aside some time now and then to complete a thorough inventory of how you feel about events in your life.

Think about what’s important to you. Art? Money? Relationships? Are you devoted to your family, to your job, to healing others, to running for office, to art, or even some academic field like anthropology.

Everyone’s different. For...


General

Writing With A Partner

There are so many benefits to writing with a partner that I recommend it for writers lucky enough to find someone they’re compatible with. For example, and most importantly, you both need to be interested in the same career goals; writing TV comedy, writing TV drama, or writing comedic or dramatic feature screenplays.

I’ve tried to work with writers who really only wanted to do one specific type of dramatic comedy. One writer I tried to work...