Are you showing up for your art? And if you are who’s showing up for you?
- I get clear about what I’m working on.
- I get clear about my progress.
- I feel supported and encouraged.
- I also have a community to help me move through the tough times and get back on the horse.
It’s a challenge to work hard at your writing projects, only to find out that you didn’t get the job, win the contest, or land the agent. We’ve talked about utilizing a shift in perspective so you don’t feel the sting of the “rejection myth”. Even without that sting, it can be a process to move on.
I’m moving through a similar space, since I didn’t land a network TV job. While I continue to work on my projects, I’ve been thinking about what it takes to appreciate myself as a writer. On some level, that’s what we’re aiming for isn’t it?
Here are some thoughts on celebrating who you are in the creative world ... Read more
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!
- Something that sets me ... Read more
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
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.
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
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
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
This month I’ve been working all my writing muscles! I’m developing a TV project with a producer (and gearing up for a pitch), working on a new TV pilot, and moving into post-production on my web series. Sometimes it feels like I’m going it alone.
The Question of the Week:
How do you BREAK the ISOLATION as a writer??
Search no further! Check out this video on our YouTube page for some solid ideas
It will only take a minute and eight seconds of your time!
HOW TO TAKE A MEETING –
... Read more
People ask me all the time how much writing is enough writing.
Here’s a video I made today to answer that age-old, essential question.
Take a look on our YouTube page.