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?

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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

PAST / PRESENT / FUTURE

by Steve on December 24th, 2014

One of my favorite ways to spend this time of year is to look back and celebrate. Each year I write a top ten list of accomplishments, creative breakthroughs, most influential people, and artistic adventures. It’s always eye-opening to take in the abundance of the past 365 days. I’m particularly grateful for the crowdfunding campaign for my web series, doing some TV pitching, having a reading of a new play in NY and a writing workshop that I led this week at The Interlochen Academy in Michigan. In two days 20 students wrote short plays from beginning to end. Bill Church, director of Theatre Arts said this about the experience: “The students were positively jazzed by your workshop and very ... Read more

The Holidays: WHAT TO DO NOW

by Steve on December 20th, 2014
It’s that time of year: the Holidays. There are gifts to buy and family to see, parties to attend. In spite of the hustle and bustle of the season, creative people all over the world find themselves slowing down. It may be more difficult to get work done, with all that celebrating going on or with the slow burn that winter brings as your collaborators go out of town.

I’ve been talking with many clients and friends about this. Many of us aren’t interested in slowing down. We want to push through and MAKE something happen. Productivity at all costs.

From that perspective, it’s easy to imagine that we’re going to lose some ground if we participate in the holiday slow ... Read more


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