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Old 08-20-2019, 10:28 PM   #11
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I sit on the couch like Affleck asking for a retainer in Good Will Hunting. No white socks though.
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Old 08-20-2019, 10:35 PM   #12
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I'm a big believer in being yourself. Hollywood (like any job) is filled with lots of different types of people. So if you don't lie and be yourself, you won't have to remember anything.

Read the room. Some meetings go better than others.

Since I'm a comedy writer, I like to and try to be funny, but that's my personality at Trader Joes. And let me tell you, 50% of the time, I've got the person. I'm on fire. Than 50% of the time, I bomb.

Some of the people you meet with will be awesome. Some will be so excited to meet with someone cool. Most will just be thinking about lunch especially if you meet them at lunch. Some will be weirdos themselves. Some will hate all your ideas. Some look dead inside. Some laugh at everything you say. You won't know fully how the meeting went until later when your rep say "so and so liked you" "so and so did send over that thing you talked about..."

Just got to be open. Never quite sure where a meeting will go. At the end of the day it's basically to make sure you're not a wacko. They already like your writing, they want to make sure they like you or at least don't hate you.
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Old 08-20-2019, 10:44 PM   #13
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coming from experience of sitting in hundreds of meetings (not industry)
  • wear what is comfortable and makes you feel good about how you look. you're the only one that can determine that. if you're comfortable with what you're wearing you won't LOOK awkward.
  • do give the host a compliment, smile and walk in the room and shake their hand with enough firmness that they feel it, but not TOO much that they FEEL it.
  • look them in the eyes when they speak to you (especially when you shake their hand) and try not to look away or drop your eyes. look directly at them.
  • try not to jump in and interrupt them. listen carefully to what they're saying and offer a thoughtful response.
  • do not BASH any movies, writers or producers. do not. you don't know who this person knows or what their relationship is with them.
  • engage (eye contact) with everyone in the room. no one wants to feel excluded form the conversation. focus on the person speaking. wait your turn to speak and speak clearly, and you might have to slow down. i'm from Connecticut and i speak really really fast.

    i gave a presentation for 13 VPs of a company and my boss had told me over and over to SLOW down. when i finished the presentation with probably 50 people in the room, the EVP said, that was the fastest presentation he'd ever seen. the point? you'll be jacked up, so you might get a little hyper from nervousness.
  • Shonda Rhimes has good advise, practice your pitch (or your "talk") at two-times speed and with loud music and you should be able to deliver no matter what happens in the room. even if someone breaks your train of thought.
  • research the person you're meeting with, it might make an opportunity for you to compliment them on their work and show your respect for their craft. find something interesting just in case.
  • don't fidget, no toe-tapping, leg bouncing, no hand ringing. bring tissues in case you SNEEZE. sit up straight, don't slouch. wear clean underwear.
  • be inclusive. be attentive, be sincere, and most of all, be yourself. relax and enjoy the moment. you've worked hard for it and you should enjoy it.
  • bring a notebook, just in case you want to make a note. pull it out have it at the ready. turn your phone off and do not take it out. leave it in briefcase.
  • ask people for their business cards.
  • shake their hand at the end with two hand (i do this when i feel i connected well with someone) THANK THEM, and tell them you enjoyed meeting with them and you're looking forward to seeing them again.
  • make a cheat sheet or index card on each host that you're meeting with. get to the meeting early, run through their index card so you feel comfortable that you know who you're meeting with.

that's a good start.
Some good stuff in here...

I don't do the double handed handshake. Kinda weird if you're a guy and a creative. Makes sense in the corporate world tho. Point: Execs and reps know writers are a bit weird/eccentric, if you come off TOO polished they get a bit weirded out "Is this dude, weird enough to create something great? I've heard all great artists are fukked up."

Meaning, don't wear a suit unless you wrote Mad Men or Suits. In that case, sure. So long as you look sharp as hell.

Backing up. #1. Do whatever you need to do to RELAX. The only pushback I'll give on FA4's thoughts is: The industry is a bit different than the corporate world. Remember this "BE A GOOD HANG." That's basically it.

But, she gave you a good one. NEVER say anything negative about any one else's project, their best friend probably wrote it. The most you say is (if you don't know them super well) "Meh... wasn't for me. But, I can see the appeal for others." (Took it right back. LOL)
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Old 08-20-2019, 10:53 PM   #14
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Ha! Career coach mode engaged!

Nah, just be honest. There's no right or wrong answer. Feeling like there is will make you nervous and sound weak. Don't try to please them. Just be you and own it.

Here's my answer (but be confident in it like it's the RIGHT answer and you don't care if they disagree):

THEM: What are your favorite TV shows to watch? GoT?

ME: "Nope, crap TV. Like Charlize Theron. That's her favorite sh!t to watch (and yes, I will cuss in a meeting). Speaking of her, Hot Ones is my fave show right now, I'm binging it. Seen it? She was on it. Great episode. I dig how it breaks down celebs to their raw/true self and makes them more honest by stripping them of their celebrity, because they can't take the heat, literally. When your mouth is on fukkin fire, your mouth is on fukkin fire, famous or not, we all feel pain the same way. Also, anything about chefs or music. Pretty much crap reality TV. But, that's not what I write. I tend to write dark fukked up stories, centering on redemption."

There is no wrong answer, there are only UNINTERESTING answers. An uninteresting answer is something you'd expect to hear. I'm not saying do it like me, if you love GoT, say so. Just don't pretend you're something you're not, because then they won't know how to sell you.

But, my favorite movie is Battlefield Earth.
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Old 08-20-2019, 10:55 PM   #15
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I'm a big believer in being yourself. Hollywood (like any job) is filled with lots of different types of people. So if you don't lie and be yourself, you won't have to remember anything.

Read the room. Some meetings go better than others.

Since I'm a comedy writer, I like to and try to be funny, but that's my personality at Trader Joes. And let me tell you, 50% of the time, I've got the person. I'm on fire. Than 50% of the time, I bomb.

Some of the people you meet with will be awesome. Some will be so excited to meet with someone cool. Most will just be thinking about lunch especially if you meet them at lunch. Some will be weirdos themselves. Some will hate all your ideas. Some look dead inside. Some laugh at everything you say. You won't know fully how the meeting went until later when your rep say "so and so liked you" "so and so did send over that thing you talked about..."

Just got to be open. Never quite sure where a meeting will go. At the end of the day it's basically to make sure you're not a wacko. They already like your writing, they want to make sure they like you or at least don't hate you.
Ha! Truth.

I try that sh!t at Trader Joes too, but my little lady is always like "Dude, shut up, nobody thinks you're funny, grab our kale chips and let's split." LOL

My point is: Who the fukk buys kale chips? NOT. MY. PURCHASE...

But, yeah, some room you just can't read. Dude, you guys alive? This the fukkin wax museum?

Also true, I've had meeting where THEY seemed nervous. I'm like "Bruh, ain't you done this a million times?"

I'll say this as well. Speaking of eye contact (don't guess who I'm talking about), but there is a huge producer who is, idk, I'd say on the spectrum to some degree. I super respect him. His taste is phenomenal. But he tends to not look you in the eye. Whatever... I feel like i GET him. Too bad he keeps passing on my sh!t.
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Old 08-20-2019, 10:56 PM   #16
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I have a pet peeve. I hate it when guys try to show how strong they are with the firm handshake. It's like I get it, you're strong.
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But, my favorite movie is Battlefield Earth.
THEN SAY THAT... with zero fukks given! ;-)
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Old 08-20-2019, 11:02 PM   #18
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I have a pet peeve. I hate it when guys try to show how strong they are with the firm handshake. It's like I get it, you're strong.
Ha!

It's goofy. "What? You wanna hear bones crunch. Ya douche."

An unmemorable handshake is the best kind IMO. If I remember it it's likely not for a good reason.

But, I try to keep sh!t casual. If we do drinks you're getting a "bro hug" at the end of the night. Just how I roll. "Cool, good hang, later bro!"

POINT: Don't over think it. These are regular ass people like you and me.

I'll admit this: I've hugged Richard Lovett and he leaned into it. HHHHHHHAAAAAA! I crack myself up. 100% true story.
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Old 08-20-2019, 11:55 PM   #19
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I'm a big believer in being yourself. Hollywood (like any job) is filled with lots of different types of people. So if you don't lie and be yourself, you won't have to remember anything.

Read the room. Some meetings go better than others.

Since I'm a comedy writer, I like to and try to be funny, but that's my personality at Trader Joes. And let me tell you, 50% of the time, I've got the person. I'm on fire. Than 50% of the time, I bomb.

Some of the people you meet with will be awesome. Some will be so excited to meet with someone cool. Most will just be thinking about lunch especially if you meet them at lunch. Some will be weirdos themselves. Some will hate all your ideas. Some look dead inside. Some laugh at everything you say. You won't know fully how the meeting went until later when your rep say "so and so liked you" "so and so did send over that thing you talked about..."

Just got to be open. Never quite sure where a meeting will go. At the end of the day it's basically to make sure you're not a wacko. They already like your writing, they want to make sure they like you or at least don't hate you.

Have you noticed they're super chipper at Trader Joes? I think they are trained to be extra friendly. You walk into Vons, they don't even look up.


I tend to feel more comfortable around jovial people, easygoing. The super serious ones are a hard nut to crack because you feel so formal around them.
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THEN SAY THAT... with zero fukks given! ;-)

I LOVE Battlefield Earth. And Keeping up with the Kardashians is my jam.


How am I doing in the room?
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