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Old 08-13-2015, 02:51 PM   #21
redturtle
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Default Re: Diablo Cody article

I can't remember which podcast she was interviewed on a while ago (maybe a year or two ago) - maybe Marc Maron?

Anyhow, she separated the mythology of her career with what actually happened. Before JUNO, she had been writing spec screenplays (like many of us) for many, many years. It's her first sold script, but far from the first script she wrote. Basically when you strip away the mythology, she's essentially a hardworking writer who pumps out story ideas, scripts, etc. And she was surprisingly candid about her failures along the way.

You can quibble with some of her produced scripts, but JUNO is a fantastic, original script (at that time). YOUNG ADULT also was a good script. Regardless of her past, male or female -- the output is pretty good compared to even the sea of WGA professionals out there.

Look, when you get some renown - your (future) publicists will construct a narrative of your rise based (loosely) on your actual life story. There's as much storytelling of you the artist as there is the actual scripts themselves. The press is always looking for an angle, and if you and your publicity team can provide some interesting backstory about your life, you'll go with it. It's not about gender, age, etc but about separating yourself from the crowd. I mean, while there aren't as many women screenwriters out there as there are white Jewish males typing away at Starbucks anywhere in LA, Diablo Cody is where she is not because she's a woman - but because she's Diablo Cody.

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.

Speaking from limited experience being interviewed by the press as a filmmaker -- journalists want a story. Telling them "I worked hard. Got up everyday and worked. Repeat." is not what they want to hear, because it's not interesting for readers as a *news story*. Even if you do talk about the hard work and repetitiveness and drudgery of the everyday 10,000 hours thing, they want something they can hang onto - it could be a trivial but funny thing (developing odd or eccentric behaviors), or it can be stories of Hunter S Thompson benders, or whatever it is that you do to cope or deal with the drudgery of all that hard work (it can even be political, spiritual, etc - you became vegan, you ingest mushrooms, you meditate at a retreat in Oregon, you collect guns). There's a dance, and if you don't want to play, folks are less inclined to interview you again if you can't give them some juice.

For the general press, no one really wants to hear about the everyday drudgery of the craft, whether you're a writer, filmmaker, performer, etc. It's only very specific outlets (certain niche podcasts, or very insidery/industry outlets) that may give you more room to talk about this.

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