June 26, 2012
I have a completed spec for a one-hour drama, an original sitcom pilot, several shorts, and two feature length screenplays in progress. I have entered a few contests; no placements, but enough good feeback to make me feel I am not completely wasting my time.
I sold one of my short screenplays in February. It was supposed to have been filmed this spring, now they say perhaps summer...I figure it's out of my hands now. It may never be made.
If I never sold a thing, I'd write. I need to write. But I certainly wouldn't say no if Harvey Weinstein offered me a giant pile of cash. My goal is to sell a screenplay or get hired for contract work.
Not at all. I won't lie; criticism stings. But it's the only way you get better. I might cry when I got home, but I'd come back to the next meeting.
Support and feedback from people working toward the same goals. My friends and family are supportive, but they love me, they aren't going to say "WTF is this crap?" when I need to hear it. I need people who will say "here's why this sucked and let's figure out how to fix it." And because I know it's a lot to ask to have someone read and critique your work, I want to be able to offer that same support & feedback to someone else. And then when they become famous, they can recommend me to their agent. ;)
Hi; I've been a business writer for over 16 years and recently decided it's finally time to stop wishing I could be a screenwriter and actually try to make it happen.