Originally Posted by redturtle
I mean, average white guys (which make up the majority it seems of aspiring screenwriters, and perhaps even this site) have personal stories that could serve as an angle for press should your script really go somewhere. You were a veteran. You were homeless once (for just a few days... but the time period is less relevant for storytelling - you were homeless). You lived in a yurt in Oregon. You grew up in an abused home. Or whatever.
There is a lot of validity to this.
It really kind of bums me out that Diablo's partner on her new Amazon show, Tig Notaro, only broke through in a big way because of her illness.
Not that she didn't earn it / deserve it, but the social media-obsessed world we live in now really feeds off of these personal hard-luck stories in a way that's kind of disturbing.