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Old 06-15-2020, 04:50 PM   #1
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What is with certain agents, managers or their assistants never getting back to you after you follow up once they've requested your script and you send it to them. For example, I'll wait 3-4 weeks before following up, and if I don't hear back after a while I'll follow up a 2nd time. MAYBE I'll follow up a 3rd time, but no more after that. Why request a script if you have no intention of reading it, or reading it but have no intention to take the one second courtesy to get back to the writer and tell them yes or no?
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Old 06-15-2020, 05:37 PM   #2
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Welcome to the business. That's just how it is, like it or not. No use getting upset or confused by this. Just keep writing and sending your stuff out, and eventually something will hit.
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Old 06-15-2020, 05:48 PM   #3
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What is with certain agents, managers or their assistants never getting back to you after you follow up once they've requested your script and you send it to them. For example, I'll wait 3-4 weeks before following up, and if I don't hear back after a while I'll follow up a 2nd time. MAYBE I'll follow up a 3rd time, but no more after that. Why request a script if you have no intention of reading it, or reading it but have no intention to take the one second courtesy to get back to the writer and tell them yes or no?
The people who read scripts are famous for the silent "no."

When I first got them, I used to find reasons, like -- they think I'm delusional and don't want to say it to my face. Or, they're scared if they say "no" I'll try to start a conversation with them to get feedback. Maybe they don't want to go on record as having passed. (99.9% of the time -- not the case. They could care less.)

Here's what I realized -- these people are BUSY. You sent them a script that sounded promising, they cracked it and read ten pages. It didn't work for them and they cracked a different script. And they forgot about you.

Two weeks you write back, and they're like -- Who?

I think it's really that simple. There's no plot, or ulterior motive. They only reply if they respond to something.

One of my friends who is a pro told me it also happens to him, and if he doesn't hear back from someone within two weeks, he writes it off mentally and moves on.
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Old 06-15-2020, 07:49 PM   #4
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The people who read scripts are famous for the silent "no."

When I first got them, I used to find reasons, like -- they think I'm delusional and don't want to say it to my face. Or, they're scared if they say "no" I'll try to start a conversation with them to get feedback. Maybe they don't want to go on record as having passed. (99.9% of the time -- not the case. They could care less.)

Here's what I realized -- these people are BUSY. You sent them a script that sounded promising, they cracked it and read ten pages. It didn't work for them and they cracked a different script. And they forgot about you.

Two weeks you write back, and they're like -- Who?

I think it's really that simple. There's no plot, or ulterior motive. They only reply if they respond to something.

One of my friends who is a pro told me it also happens to him, and if he doesn't hear back from someone within two weeks, he writes it off mentally and moves on.
The Silent No was born out of the multitude of desperate writers who can't take NO for an answer. Producers and reps are fed up with writers who think an emailed pass is an invitation to open a dialogue where they beg, plead, and threaten, not accepting that negative answer.

I've talked to producers who have regaled me with horror stories. With the thousands of writers now with scripts and most of them with no limits on how they react, the silent no came into being. You send one reminder after 3 weeks, if you hear nothing, move on.

It's the new normal.
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Old 06-15-2020, 08:07 PM   #5
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Also I never had positive news that a rep or producer didn't tell me via email or phone call. If they like it- -- they find you.

In other words -- I used to follow up -- maybe get some words of encouragement or a reason why -- but it's pointless really. The ones that loved my writing - they reached out. Sometimes very fast.

So I always send stuff out -- assume it's a no -- and move on. That's all you can do.

But just know it's not like they were going to buy your script or rep you -- if only you reminded them to read your spec or get back to you.

Let me ask you this. How quick are you to respond to people with bad news?
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Old 06-15-2020, 11:45 PM   #6
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This is also known as "the Hollywood no" and "the LA no". I can't remember exactly who said this but I encountered the phrases a few times now.

I will also say that you'll hear little from reps on bad news-- IE my own manager prefers not to share every pass unless I ask--it's just assumed.

Good luck!
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Old 06-16-2020, 07:59 AM   #7
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It's all good news only said out loud -- bad news implied.

They love the script but have notes that will change every line and word in the script.

When people leave a Hollywood company they "exit" or whatever other BS they use. No one is ever fired.

Even when celebrities die they just say "taking some time off from work."
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Old 06-16-2020, 10:45 AM   #8
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When people leave a Hollywood company they "exit" or whatever other BS they use. No one is ever fired.
They “ankle.” There seems to be a lot of “ankling” in Variety magazine stories.

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Even when celebrities die they just say "taking some time off from work."
For aircraft pilots who’ve died, that community says they’ve “gone West.”
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Old 06-16-2020, 10:55 AM   #9
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What is with certain agents, managers or their assistants never getting back to you after you follow up once they've requested your script and you send it to them. For example, I'll wait 3-4 weeks before following up, and if I don't hear back after a while I'll follow up a 2nd time. MAYBE I'll follow up a 3rd time, but no more after that. Why request a script if you have no intention of reading it, or reading it but have no intention to take the one second courtesy to get back to the writer and tell them yes or no?
As others have noted on your behalf, it’s best to send the requested script and adopt a policy of “Don’t call them. They’ll call you.” That way, at least, when they contact you, it’s for certain you’ll know they’re interested in your script.
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Old 06-16-2020, 02:59 PM   #10
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I just want to know want industry you folks work in where you’re NOT getting ghosted all the time?

And as for the “they don’t want to start a dialogue with a crazy writer” - yeah, I get it. But that feels like backing into a reason. Because agents get ghosted, execs get ghosted, the whole town gets ghosted. Life is getting ghosted.
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