There are instructors who teach the basics of writing a screenplay, and then there are coaches and consultants who illuminate what it takes to build and sustain a screenwriting career. Jen Grisanti, Lee Jessup, and Stephanie Palmer are the latter. These three kickass women in Hollywood know what it takes to give your screenwriting career momentum. They are forthright and honest about the industry so that you’re not facing any surprises. Plus, they understand the industry’s ever-changing climate.
Pitching Projects: 10 Things Writers Do that Drive Executives Crazy
Guest Post by Angela Silak, Co-Founder, Hollywood Resumes
The job search is pretty straightforward when you’re sending in resumes and going in for interviews. But as a writer, getting a job is even more difficult because you also have to sell an idea. The reality is that most ideas will get passed on for any number of reasons,
Contests offer a way for screenwriters to gain exposure and access to the entertainment industry. No matter your day job, your proximity to Hollywood, or your connections, competitions hold the power to level the playing field. Your work has the chance to speak for itself as it’s evaluated against other entrants. All you have to do is get yourself and your script ready. Follow this step by step look into what you can do to prepare for screenwriting competition season.
How do you get the job that everyone wants? A writers’ assistant position is one of the most coveted jobs in the industry. It’s also one of the more direct routes to writing for television. The goal for a writers’ assistant is to eventually get one of the show’s freelance episodes and hopefully staff on that show if not another one. Having the experience of working in a writers’ room gives you tremendous insight into the process of TV writing.
What script should you write next? How do you choose the “right” idea? What concept shows the most promise? Committing to a new idea can be nerve-wracking. You want to write something you like but also something you can sell, use to get represented, or employ as a writing sample. This is what you need to know to pick your next project.
Choose your best story idea by using knowledge of existing trends,
Guest Post by Angela Silak & Cindy Kaplan, Co-Founders, Hollywood Resumes
If you’re an aspiring writer and have spent any time researching the Hollywood job market or have begun the application process, you already understand that landing a writers’ assistant position is incredibly difficult. As a result, many writers start off their careers on an agency or development desk. These jobs are a little bit easier to come by and will help you gain assistant experience,