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Old 06-04-2009, 02:26 PM   #21
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Everyone knows how hard it is to pentrate the machine. Everyone. It's when you justify it as right that makes you sound like a little bit of a d-bag.

If I'm a d-bag for tell you the real truth--then I'll proudly be a d-bag!
And maybe you didn't get it--I'm not defending or saying that this sucky system is correct... I'm just saying that this is how it is, and it somehow, someway works.

And the figure of 5% of all material get read by the "correct people" is probably a tad too large.
There is an incredible amount of material generated--and honestly most all of it stinks.

And this is why such a small percentage of would-be writers get signed.
And even a smaller percentage sell.

Wrap your mind around these facts.

Only the scum rises to the top of the pond.
And believe me--we writers are the butt-holes of the film industry.
We're just a necessary nusance.
Just to be the scum floating on top of pond, is a good thing.
At least you get seen and noticed.

I'm personally shooting to be a big old empty plastic milk container floating atop that pond--then I'll really be happy!

So all the wanna' be's and newbies and head scratchers have to take a deep breath and hard deep down personal assessment--and the first question you have to ask yourself is... "do I really, honestly, trully possess the necessary talent to write?" "Am I just kidding myself?" "Can I sit down and actually produce something?" "Can I execute work?"

I gave a lecture to some film students in Utah a while back and told them flat out that they were training for jobs that didn't exist--and that at the most one or two of them really would have the talent to succeed in the entertainment industry... and even that would not gurantee to pay the bils. This didn't sit well. Especially with the instructor/professors who are in the "education business" (which goes hat and hand with the gadfly entertainment scam artists). This is not what is said in the film schools, seminars, pay-services, etc. But this needs to be said.

What I trully hate are these seminars/talks/dog-and-pony-shows with entertainment executives, directors, actors, agents, etc. --where all the wanna' be's and break-in hopefulls sit dutifully in the theater and nod like bobble-head dolls, and smile and laugh at the stupid jokes and stories from these people they for some reason revere--who are seemingly on a pedestal. These venues are like feeding coke to a coke addict. The necessary hard things are never, ever discussed--only vague hopes and carrots are dangled in front of these people who are desperately searching for some nugget, some straw to grasp onto. The hard facts are never ever discussed. All they offer you is, "follow your dreams." --and if you do this, it is recipe for personal, emotional and finanancial disaster. This is the worst advice you can offer someone.

It's best to smack them in the side of the head with a phone book and say, "what the **** are you thinking?"

Sorry to pop your bubble but some people have to wake up.
Time to rub the crumbs out of your eyes.

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Old 06-04-2009, 02:29 PM   #22
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Anyone wanting a career as a writer should dedicate at least 10 years of study and practice, just for starters, before they even start to think about networking.

Yeah this is a good idea.

But make it five or six years.
If you can't write something good in this period of time and generate some heat--open a plumbing business (not kidding, it pays good).

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Old 06-04-2009, 02:31 PM   #23
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Fair enough.

Sorry about the d-bag comment.
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Old 06-04-2009, 02:33 PM   #24
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...and the first question you have to ask yourself is... "do I really, honestly, trully possess the necessary talent to write?"
Yes I do
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Old 06-04-2009, 02:44 PM   #25
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Ditto.
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Old 06-04-2009, 02:48 PM   #26
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Good.
So if you can honestly and truly answer that million dollar question without any delusions--then pursue it.

But know full well what you are getting into.

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Old 06-04-2009, 02:49 PM   #27
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And go back up and read that last big post.
I added/edited some in after the fact.
Sorry, but this is the way my mind works.

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Old 06-04-2009, 02:57 PM   #28
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Takezo, I'm not counting on screenwriting as a career. I have a career I'm happy with. Screenwriting is my dream job. So I'm not moving to L.A. unless I break into the business.

Then it well be incredibly tough.
It can be done.

Look at Joe Niehalt--he did it, but he is an exceptionaly talented writer.
And he had the right product, at the right time with the right person.

Since you live in the mid-west, try and hook up with a Chicago based lit agent.
They never, hardly ever get anything worth reading. lol!

I hate the word luck.
Luck is not some do-dah thing that just happens.

In poker luck is a product of skill and opportunity.
There are two variables involved in this equation.

Luck in the film industry writing is a combination of skill (material/type), timming (needs) and placement (agent/purchaser/director/producer/etc.).

All of these elements have to come together for you to have luck.
And all of these elements aren't just do-dah random.

You've got to know what they/them are looking for, who is looking, and when they are looking--and an agent/manager knows this.
Not some goofy query email service that you pay for.

Movies take two to three years to make, and they are looking ahead at the trends and what will come out already in 2012 and 2013.

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Old 06-04-2009, 03:05 PM   #29
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I thought of looking for an agent in Chicago. But I was guessing it would just tie me down with someone who would be wasting both our time. Really, do they have any connection to Hollywood? Is it worth exploring?
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Old 06-04-2009, 03:06 PM   #30
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Look, Chiacago is better than nothing.
You can parlay that into something bigger and better later if they turn out to be a donkey.

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