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Old 05-29-2008, 09:42 AM   #1
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Default The story of my spec thus far...

So I’m doing all what you guys are doing. Writing specs (keeping them commercial) and sending them out to managers in the hope of landing representation.

I’ve recently turned my hand to comedy after veering wildly from family/fantasy to romcom, so why not give it a shot, huh.

So I send out my second comedy spec which I wrote and re-wrote pretty damn quickly (probably wrote it in 30 days and re-wrote it within two weeks, thanks to seh, adam612, phatgirl and Alvysinger for the notes guys!). And I send it out to three management companies. I thinking they’ll take two weeks to read seeing as the Memorial weekend is up, and anyway, my parents from England are flying in so that’ll help keep my mind off it.

Anyway, one of them (mid-sized manager) responds within less than 24hrs via email “expressing interest and wanting to talk”. I get on the phone with him and he tells me he loves it, wants to get it to an agent friend of his asap and get it out there wide. I said I got it out to other management companies and he’s cool. Just as long as I respond before the (then) looming SAG strike coming up.

I walk downstairs where my parents are sitting talking to my wife. My huge grin was unmistakable. The call went great. I tell them, they are all pumped and excited. We celebrate with playing ROCK BAND on my crappy PS2.

I mull over all this for the weekend, (it’s too good to be true/I’m so used to rejection/will this happen?/is this a dream?). Tuesday rolls around, And I think HECK, WHY NOT. I send the manager interested an email saying “I’m onboard”.

I get a call at work, which I can’t take, so it goes through to my voice mail. I listen back to it and to my surprise it’s a mid-sized agency calling me about my spec. They read it. Loved it. Want to talk asap.

I call back and the agent, and yep, he’s excited about it. Wants it out asap. This is now the Tuesday of this week folks.

I get a call from the manager, he wants to take it out this Friday, hitting up a few producers for first bites and heat, then go wide next week fullforce.

All this is through a standard e-query…

So just to re-cap, because the time-line I think is very interesting.

- Sent out e-query May 20th, manager responded same day requesting pdf.
- Next day (21st May) get the “I really like it. Call me asap”.
- Long weekend, then 27th May (Tue) accept agent and manager, who agree to take it out that Friday.

What a different a week makes. And a script.

So that’s it folks. All things intended, I should have a spec going wide. I’ll keep this updated when I have more information.

EJ
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Old 05-29-2008, 09:46 AM   #2
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Good luck EJ!
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Old 05-29-2008, 09:56 AM   #3
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Awesome news. Good luck.
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Old 05-29-2008, 10:01 AM   #4
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Pretty damn impressive. Congratulations.
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Old 05-29-2008, 10:20 AM   #5
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When your rich and need an assistant to wax your phantom drophead I'm looking to move to LA. Just, you know, fyi.
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Old 05-29-2008, 10:21 AM   #6
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Is this your first spec going wide, EJ? And it's going out tomorrow?

Regardless, good freakin' luck! Keep us informed.
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Old 05-29-2008, 10:24 AM   #7
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Way to go, EJ! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.
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Old 05-29-2008, 10:36 AM   #8
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I am all smiles for ya, mate -- best wishes -- fabulous news and hopefully the beginning of something really, really _________ (fill in own word)
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Old 05-29-2008, 10:40 AM   #9
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Awesome! no other word to describe it but Awesome. congrats.

When you're able to share the logline, please do. I'd love to hear it.
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Old 05-29-2008, 10:50 AM   #10
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Woo Hoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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