What if you sat down right now and wrote one page? Just one page of your screenplay. How long do you think it would take? I bet you can do it in ten minutes. Maybe even five. I bet you could do it right before you go to bed, in between microwaving your dinner, right after getting home from work, while your S.O. is choosing what to watch on Netflix… I bet you can do it right now instead of reading this.
As Jim Rohn once said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Who are your five people?
As a writer, you don’t want to be the best writer you know. It sounds crazy, but find people who are better than you at what you want to do. If you’re the best writer in your screenwriting group or the best writer in your class or the best writer in your hometown,
Your writing community is your support system. Do you have questions about the screenwriting industry? Could you use notes on your latest draft? Is full-fledged writer’s block plaguing your general existence? If and when you come up against tough questions, it’s important to have the right people to turn to for answers. A writing community is just that. Conversely, you can learn a lot from what other people are writing and asking. The give and take of any social circle depends on the dynamic,
I wish I could say that getting my first Hollywood assistant gig was a piece of cake, or maybe a half-priced happy hour cocktail, but it was a pain in the ass. College taught me the ins and outs of film production and writing, but it did very little in terms of prepping me for real world experience. When I got out to L.A., I knew next to nothing.
I also had an incredibly difficult time finding a job.
This week’s interview is with screenwriter Dan Dollar, whose feature film career started with the sale of his script THE BOY AND HIS TIGER, the story of Calvin & Hobbes creator Bill Watterson. We covered everything from his background as an IT consultant for military defense in Virginia through his transition into a full-fledged screenwriting career and the process that landed him his representation in Los Angeles.
When did you break into the industry?