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Old 06-23-2013, 07:22 PM   #591
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Do you think with the success of BRIDESMAIDS writing a female driven comedy is a sensible spec option for a comedy writer now?

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All depends on the idea. I know that's a very general/broad response, but is really what it comes down to.

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Old 07-01-2013, 10:51 AM   #592
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I posted this on twitter, but thought I'd post it here too.

I love this commercial and think it also applies to screenwriting.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkX6xQM_QE8&noredirect=1

Swing your swing. Find YOUR voice.

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Old 07-01-2013, 01:43 PM   #593
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I posted this on twitter, but thought I'd post it here too.

I love this commercial and think it also applies to screenwriting.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkX6xQM_QE8&noredirect=1

Swing your swing. Find YOUR voice.

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Very cool. Thanks.
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Old 07-01-2013, 07:45 PM   #594
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I posted this on twitter, but thought I'd post it here too.

I love this commercial and think it also applies to screenwriting.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkX6xQM_QE8&noredirect=1

Swing your swing. Find YOUR voice.

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Old 07-01-2013, 08:50 PM   #595
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Hey Michael,

Does a writer's age matter at all? Too young? Too old? Where does it fall for you on that question?
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Old 07-02-2013, 07:29 AM   #596
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Does a writer's age matter at all? Too young? Too old? Where does it fall for you on that question?
There was a very recent Script Notes Podcast that took a stab at this very question. I'm sure everyone has a different opinion, but John and Craig's answer boiled down to this: Ageism exists. You can't get around it. People WILL judge you based on your age. However, a great script is a great script, and they will love you, no matter your age, as long as your writing great scripts. That's all there is to it.

I happen to agree.
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Old 07-02-2013, 08:20 AM   #597
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Hi Michael,

Thanks again for taking time to answer questions.

I would like to ask a question that deals with the difficult or painful topic of breaking up with an agent or manager.

It seems obvious in the manner in which it should be done, but from a writers point of view, are there any things writers should look out for with regards to early signs that the wheels are falling off the relationship with their rep, and it looks like a break-up is imminent?

What are the top reasons a rep would drop a client? And how can a writer remain a good client?

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Old 07-08-2013, 12:29 PM   #598
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Does a writer's age matter at all? Too young? Too old? Where does it fall for you on that question?
Depends on what you want to do. In features, not so much. In TV, it would be challenging for a 45 year old to get a job as a bottom level staff writer. Not impossible, but just challenging.

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Old 07-08-2013, 01:36 PM   #599
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There was a very recent Script Notes Podcast that took a stab at this very question. I'm sure everyone has a different opinion, but John and Craig's answer boiled down to this: Ageism exists. You can't get around it. People WILL judge you based on your age. However, a great script is a great script, and they will love you, no matter your age, as long as your writing great scripts. That's all there is to it.

I happen to agree.
Very true.

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Old 07-12-2013, 10:55 AM   #600
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Hi Michael,

Thanks again for taking time to answer questions.

I would like to ask a question that deals with the difficult or painful topic of breaking up with an agent or manager.

It seems obvious in the manner in which it should be done, but from a writers point of view, are there any things writers should look out for with regards to early signs that the wheels are falling off the relationship with their rep, and it looks like a break-up is imminent?

What are the top reasons a rep would drop a client? And how can a writer remain a good client?

EJ
Every relationship is different. Ultimately you have to decide if the relationship is working.

A lack of success. If a writer is turning out good work but just not getting a sale, I wouldn't drop them. If they turned out several bad scripts in a row (3, 4, or 5), and were bombing in the room, I'd have to reevaluate things (as time spent on that client is time away from others).

As far as how to remain a good client. Do the work. Put in the effort. Be patient. Some have success quickly, others take a lot of time. Everyone is different.

Again, every client/situation is different. I've had clients have overnight success, and others that took a year or two of hard working and grinding to get there.

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