by Steve on May 21st, 2015
INTRODUCING YOURSELF is an essential skill. It’s the only way you’ll be able to fully represent yourself in a meeting. I’ve found, especially in the TV industry, executives and showrunners are meeting a TON of people. They’re not going to work extra hard to bring out the best you – that’s your job. All they’re likely to say is:
“Tell me about yourself.”
Your goal is to tell them SOMETHING MEMORABLE AND DEEP about you.
So what do you TALK about?
How do you make a CONNECTION?
The first step is to figure out the juicy things to say and to practice saying them.
Here are some easy prompts to narrow in on what makes you interesting: So, grab a pencil!
by Steve on May 13th, 2015
The Art of WAITING –
You’ve submitted your script to a contest, an agent or manager. You’ve completed a staffing meeting or an interview for a fellowship. And now – you have to sit tight before you learn about the results.
How to you manage the difficulty of waiting? It doesn’t have to be so challenging. Check out this NEW video on the YouTube page to understand why:
It’ll take less than two minutes.
HOW DO I INTRODUCE MYSELF?
A few weeks ago we talked about How To Take A Meeting. And in that discussion I mentioned that one of ... Read more
by Steve on May 7th, 2015
This week’s question is about rejection.
I can’t tell you how many artists (and non-artists) complain to me about facing rejection. Many say it’s the worst thing about living life as a creative person.
How is a writer (or actor) supposed to manage rejection?
I have a RADICAL idea about it, that I talk about in this week’s video.
Here’s the radical part: I don’t believe in rejection.
How is that possible? Take two minutes out of your day, watch this video & find out:
If you have a writing question you’d like me to address (or a comment about this topic) drop me a line.
by Steve on May 4th, 2015
One of the questions I get most often from aspiring writers is “Do I need an agent?” I asked myself that for years, and never got a definitive answer. Then I got to a point when I knew I needed one.
Agents and managers are ONE TOOL to help move your career forward. But the definitive factor is YOU!
If you’re motivated, focused, and in need of help to move through the industry, an agent may be for you.
If you’re motivated, focused, and you seem to have it covered already (through a lawyer, industry contacts, a smaller market, etc) you may not need an agent.
Bottom line: with or without an agent – you need to keep churning ... Read more
by Steve on April 30th, 2015
TV staffing season is in full swing and you just finished a new pilot script as a writing sample. Now what?
The simple answer is – get feedback. Find out if the material works and if people respond to it. Sounds easy enough. But who should you get? Where do you find quality readers? And what do you ask them when you find them? How precious or loose should you be with it? Are you better off getting anybody to read your material? Or should it be a “professional”?
I’ve just posted a video with a few ideas. Check it out on our YouTube page.
It will only take a few minutes of your time!
DO YOU NEED AN AGENT OR A MANAGER?
This week’s ... Read more
by Steve on April 23rd, 2015
In case you missed our Creative Expression Session call last week on How To Take A Meeting, I wanted to share some of my notes with you on the basics of prepping and showing up fully. Here are some of the highlights:
In the TV business, we are ALWAYS taking meetings. You may think a personable attitude and good communication skills are all you need. But there’s more! Lots more!
Here are the five key steps to taking a meeting:
- Preparation & Research
These days everything about people and TV shows is online. So dig deep! Find key information about the people you’re meeting with. I’ve heard TV executives complain that some people they meet with don’t know about the company or the types ... Read more