How do You Deal with REJECTION as a Writer?

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

Happy writing!

Steve

Do I need an Agent or Manager?

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

FEEDBACK? And Do You Need an AGENT?

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

Taking a Meeting

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:

  1. 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

Break the Isolation/Take a Meeting

by Steve on April 15th, 2015

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.

There’s no question, writing is a solitary business. But that doesn’t mean it needs to stay that way. 

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!
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HOW TO TAKE A MEETING – 
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HOW MUCH should YOU be WRITING?

by Steve on April 10th, 2015

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.


Happy creating!

Steve

Writing the Perfect Script

by Steve on March 25th, 2015

HOW TO WRITE THE PERFECT SCRIPT?

For some people that’s the burning question in terms of writing for TV. Are you wracking your brain for the answer? 

Search no further! Check out this video.

PREVIEW THE TV WORKSHOP!

The TV WRITING WORKSHOP is coming to L.A. THIS SATURDAY (see below)! 

But you may be asking: What is it? How does it work? What will it cover? And will it help me create my TV script??

You can decide for yourself by joining this FREE ONLINE PREVIEW in an interactive Google Hangout that I’m hostingTOMORROW (Wednesday at 3:30 PT / ... Read more

MAKE IT HAPPEN

by Steve on March 12th, 2015

CONGRATS TO some of my amazing clients!

MAKE IT HAPPEN: Google Hangout on Friday March 13 at Noon PT

THE TV WRITING INTENSIVE is back!! 

CONGRATS! Look at them GO!!

Emmy Lou Diaz took YCL’s Playwriting Intensive Workshop a few years ago. Now she’s working on the CW hit showJane The Virgin. And she co-wrote the episode that airs TONIGHT. I’m so excited for her – and will be hanging out with her to celebrate when it airs live! Go, Emmy Lou! 

Caris Vujcec is completing editing on her web series pilot: The Pepper Project. She’s getting ready for a launch screening and will begin taking meetings about ... Read more

As a writer: what are you doing?

by Steve on January 27th, 2015

Pre-production on my web series is in full swing. We start SHOOTING on February 7th! And in between Executive Producer duties, actor prep and my own writing projects, I’ve been helping clients and aspiring writers move ahead.

I’ve been talking a lot lately about zeroing in on YOUR PURPOSE as a writer.

You’re on the planet to do SOMETHING – to answer some question or explore some kind of issue, some flavor of inquiry. Whatever it is, it’s likely a thread in your best writing work. It unites the subjects you’re interested in, and informs the unfolding of your sharpest, juiciest creative work. 

It’s also the THING you ought to be talking about when ... Read more

What REALLY Matters

by Steve on January 16th, 2015

January has started with a BANG – as I move toward production of my web series SEND ME. We’re shooting in February, which is right around the corner, and I’m in full Executive Producer mode. That means contract stuff with unions, adding staff, crew and actors and revising my script. And in the midst of it all – writing! Writing other stuff, more stuff, different stuff.

When I’m in the midst of a very public project – one that involves other people and other input – it’s really helpful for me to “sneak” over to a project that no one knows about – and that’s what I’ve been doing. Writing something “under the radar” really feels good. 

Why? I think ... Read more


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