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PRIMITIME: Are all screenwriters supposed to be living in L.A.?
When you want to get your blogs to chat and debate, enter a big $@#% in the name! Being a prospective TV author, "everything you need to be successful" is part of everyday work. Wish I were so succesful that I could "make a livelihood by letting others know how to earn a dole!
I' m making a livelihood doing TV programming and production.... I just teaching and blogging because it's fun and I like it. But" to tell other folks how to earn a living" does not give enough to warrant my wrong information or counsel..... and if I did that, what kind of instructor would I be?
My advices all come from over twelve years of work in the field of TV.... as an author, manufacturer, manager, reporter and assistan. This does not mean that you have to accept it, but if you disagree - which is good - I suggest that you back up your arguments with your own business expertise and brain.
You should do better than tell them to" work in another sector until theirs level off in a more workable relationship between both? "If you can tell me how this is good counsel, I would like to know it (as well as a prediction of when the TV sector can "settle into a better balance of offer and demand")..... because in my opinion, anyone who has ever been successful in television or any other job has only done it because he was willing to "work like a slave".... which you explicitly rejected.
So you' re saying that every writer has to be living in L.A.? It seems a little difficult to believe..... it's not that EVERY movie plays in L.A., so how does the L.A. writer describe it? Where do we get non-L.A. movies made by authors who only lived in L.A.?
Now, first of all, Blair, I'm not saying that every scriptwriter has to be in Los Angeles. I say that every TELEVISION author must be living in Los Angeles. If every columnist has to reside in L.A. is another question I'll address in a second. YES - You must be living in Los Angeles.
but if you stay here.... you won't make it on TV. and you move to California, you're not gonna be breaking into TV. For example, TV programmes are produced by hierarchic staff.
And, sure, authors country employment on the basis of superb written rehearsals..... but they mostly country employment because they have great rapport with other authors, show runners, record labels, editors, agents and managers. Most authors actually begin as author wizards and are then appointed as " Staff Editors ". When you are NOT an author wizard or work in a role where you can make contact and teach the rope (as a rugger, lugger, P.A., co-ordinator, etc.), it is almost not possible to be employed as a real TV author.... no matter how bright your scjn....
It' also important to be in L.A., because your first TV position will NOT be as an author. If you get this first wizard position, your employer often wants you to get started immediately - sometimes within 24h. You can' t get started right away, they'll take on someone else..... and there are literally a million able folks on the street in LA screaming for interns.
The employer also expects you to have L.A. skills and how it works. So, if they ask you to run to the shop to get some papers, pens and a boner..... and be back within 30 min.... you know where the next stacks and Starbucks are. Or, if you ask them where to take an important customer for supper, you can rat down a hit restaurant hit to see a shortlist of the weeks most popular cuisine.
Obviously you don't have all this know how when you get your very first job, but this is a lot of folks start in post offices or work as P.A.'s. Well, at least they are living in L.A., where they have the opportunity to expose themselves to this information and absorb it. Nearly every mid-sized town in America has a TV branch.
If you find a position as an intern, work your way up. Then... as soon as possible.... MOVE TO LOSE ANGELES. Are screenwriters forced to reside in Los Angeles? Films can't (usually) be typed by a bar of writers... but movie is still an industry that' still relies on relationships, and it' almost impossibility to make those contacts if you' re not in L.A. You listen to tales about folks who make films in the hushp forests of Wisconsin, then file them at Sundance or Toronto... but these folks are not the majority of the working Hollywood producer.
Whilst celebrations can be a legitimate way for authors to enter Hollywood, they are far from the safest method. he safest way.... and even that's not very safe.... is to be living in Los Angeles. Admittedly, there are a few authors who don't reside here (Robert Rodriguez is living in Texas), but they are either so popular that they can take their own pictures.... or - quite frankly - they fight and often have other "day jobs" to cover their bill.
How we end up "with movies that don't play in L.A.", well, come on.... a novelist doesn't have to be in a big fucking town to do it. I was with the author who was raised in South Africa. He' s a Boston-based author. In this way, we all contribute our understanding of these places to our work.
You mean we can only cover our home towns or Los Angeles? Authors are writing what they know..... but when we come across a gap in our expertise and our experiences, we have it. If we say "Write what you know", it does not mean that authors can only post things that they have actually written (although I believe that everything is a kind of autobiography); it means that you are writing what you know emotions.
Describe things you have been through, things that have influenced you in person. It can be translated into other periods, places, moments.... but from a place of deep affection.