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Old 08-15-2019, 04:41 PM   #11
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I did well in trackingb contest years ago when I was young!

Just got an email about TV 5 finalists and winner.

In the email 3 out of 5 have reps -- can't tell if all were because of this contest or already had it. Only one says JUST SIGNED.

the other 2 don't have reps and one of those 2 is the WINNER of the contest.

Now I'm sure that leads to getting signed, but you never know...

And of the 3 reps, one is at a big place and the other 2 are firms I never heard of. Doesn't mean they aren't legit or bad, just saying...
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Old 08-15-2019, 05:32 PM   #12
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I did well in trackingb contest years ago when I was young!

Just got an email about TV 5 finalists and winner.

In the email 3 out of 5 have reps -- can't tell if all were because of this contest or already had it. Only one says JUST SIGNED.

the other 2 don't have reps and one of those 2 is the WINNER of the contest.

Now I'm sure that leads to getting signed, but you never know...

And of the 3 reps, one is at a big place and the other 2 are firms I never heard of. Doesn't mean they aren't legit or bad, just saying...
Oh... By big I was thinking agency. But, got it. 360.

Yeah, it's curious. Why is this person's script in a contest if they're already repped? Maybe they got repped between when they sent it in and when they were announced via their own hustle?? Otherwise, I don't get it.
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Old 08-15-2019, 05:46 PM   #13
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Oh... By big I was thinking agency. But, got it. 360.

Yeah, it's curious. Why is this person's script in a contest if they're already repped? Maybe they got repped between when they sent it in and when they were announced via their own hustle?? Otherwise, I don't get it.
There are lots of repped writers who enter contests -- mostly to draw additional career heat or attention to a screenplay. I understand if there are some contests that allow this, but I honestly wish that the biggest ones (Nicholl, Austin, PAGE) drew a firm line and said that you must be unrepresented to enter. I know it's hard even when you're repped, but...it feels a tad unfair that people with the added advantage of existing connections and feedback from industry representatives get to compete with everyone else.

I've been seeing a couple of prominent actors who've pursued writing on the side entering contests, and every time I see their names I'm like -- can't you use your own connections and leave those with zero access a shot? Seriously, Shia Labeouf! (he's literally in every contest)
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Old 08-15-2019, 06:35 PM   #14
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There are lots of repped writers who enter contests -- mostly to draw additional career heat or attention to a screenplay. I understand if there are some contests that allow this, but I honestly wish that the biggest ones (Nicholl, Austin, PAGE) drew a firm line and said that you must be unrepresented to enter. I know it's hard even when you're repped, but...it feels a tad unfair that people with the added advantage of existing connections and feedback from industry representatives get to compete with everyone else.

I've been seeing a couple of prominent actors who've pursued writing on the side entering contests, and every time I see their names I'm like -- can't you use your own connections and leave those with zero access a shot? Seriously, Shia Labeouf! (he's literally in every contest)
Seriously, Shia Labeouf? WTF!?

Hadn't heard that. Odd. He's putting his name on these scripts or fake name?

My view is: It seem like most reps like to CONTROL their client's reads. You don't want your client you're telling the town is the new hot flavor to score low. I don't totally get it as a strategy [recommending contests to your client]. Btw - I used a fake name when I sent my scripts to Nicholl for exactly that reason. Glad I did, they gave me an "F" on both scripts.

But, agreed, there should be a cut off if you're signed, not just the script in question already sold. Don't they disqualify you if the script has sold in the meantime? I think they should do the same if you find a rep in the meantime. Leave it to those without reps struggling to find one. IMO
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Seriously, Shia Labeouf? WTF!?

Hadn't heard that. Odd. He's putting his name on these scripts or fake name?

My view is: It seem like most reps like to CONTROL their client's reads. You don't want your client you're telling the town is the new hot flavor to score low. I don't totally get it as a strategy [recommending contests to your client]. Btw - I used a fake name when I sent my scripts to Nicholl for exactly that reason. Glad I did, they gave me an "F" on both scripts.

But, agreed, there should be a cut off if you're signed, not just the script in question already sold. Don't they disqualify you if the script has sold in the meantime? I think they should do the same if you find a rep in the meantime. Leave it to those without reps struggling to find one. IMO

Yep -- he's using his real name. Just two examples:

https://www.wescreenplay.com/blog/an...ntest-winners/

https://pageawards.com/past-winners/...ter-finalists/

Smart of you to use a pseudonym when you entered.

Yep, there's a cutoff if you've achieved a certain level of earnings, usually.
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Old 08-15-2019, 07:13 PM   #16
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It would be way easier to compete if that were the case. Usually for the final 10 spots you're going up against the usual suspects of the vets who've been at the game for a while that you saw on other lists.
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Yep -- he's using his real name. Just two examples:

https://www.wescreenplay.com/blog/an...ntest-winners/

https://pageawards.com/past-winners/...ter-finalists/

Smart of you to use a pseudonym when you entered.

Yep, there's a cutoff if you've achieved a certain level of earnings, usually.
That's lame...

The dude could obviously make some calls. Then again he's a weird guy.
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Old 08-15-2019, 07:30 PM   #18
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It would be way easier to compete if that were the case. Usually for the final 10 spots you're going up against the usual suspects of the vets who've been at the game for a while that you saw on other lists.
I knew the Blacklist was a joke when Sorkin made the list. You probably haven't heard of the guy.
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Old 08-15-2019, 07:43 PM   #19
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I knew the Blacklist was a joke when Sorkin made the list. You probably haven't heard of the guy.

Can't say that I have. Has he written anything I would've seen?
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That's lame...

The dude could obviously make some calls. Then again he's a weird guy.

I saw him break down crying on a youtube clip. I wouldn't mind competing against him, if the script comparisons were merely on merit.
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