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Old 01-05-2010, 07:26 PM   #1
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Default Assignments -- Can NEW writers without a sale really land them?

I know a spec sale changes everything.

My question, is if new writers, without sales, can actually get assignments. I know people have said, they make a living without ever selling a script -- but does that happen today?

I hear some good stories about working with producers -- but that's on spec. I've had those opportunities.

But do writers ever get paid to write scripts without having first sold one?

My manager makes it sound like that's the only way we're getting anything going. Nothing is going to happen without a spec sale.
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Old 01-05-2010, 08:13 PM   #2
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One of the Robotard members is close. It's the guy I wrote As*hole Ninja with. He actually got in on two gigs and blew the pitch so I kinda think, yes. Awesome spec script does the job.
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Old 01-05-2010, 08:30 PM   #3
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One of the Robotard members is close. It's the guy I wrote As*hole Ninja with. He actually got in on two gigs and blew the pitch so I kinda think, yes. Awesome spec script does the job.
How many "tards" are there? I thought there were just two. I haven't been following your saga that much as I've been busy writing/masturbating.

I want to read As&hole Ninja right now.
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Old 01-05-2010, 08:51 PM   #4
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I'm working now on one assignment, I'm up for another (both major production companies), and am in discussions with two more well-known companies for other assignment projects. But I haven't sold a spec. A combination of a good sample and a proactive and supportive manager has set these up for me.
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Old 01-05-2010, 09:31 PM   #5
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I'm working now on one assignment, I'm up for another (both major production companies), and am in discussions with two more well-known companies for other assignment projects. But I haven't sold a spec. A combination of a good sample and a proactive and supportive manager has set these up for me.
How many samples did you provide to a company to read? Did they read one of your screenplays and then ask to read another to make sure exactly what your voice is?
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Old 01-05-2010, 09:34 PM   #6
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Default Re: Assignments -- Can NEW writers without a sale really land them?

If by "assignment" you mean paid work that gets you into the WGA, I'll say it's very hard right now but it certainly can be done.

XL did it I'm pretty sure.

I'm getting closer on a few things but I still got a ways to go to land one.

My agent keeps putting me up for them, though, while also advising me to "keep focused on your spec."

A successful agent at a major agency wouldn't be putting a writer up for things if there was absolutely no chance he could land the gig.

There's a chance, man.

Lot of hoops to jump through, though, that's for sure.

Jack, be nimble,
Jack, be quick,
Jack, jump over
The candlestick.

Jack jumped high
Jack jumped low
Jack jumped over
and burned his toe.

All that said, if you have a quality rep putting you up for legit, paid work then you should be of the mindset that you're the one that's gonna beat the odds.

Now put some aloe on that **** and get back to jumpin'!
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Old 01-05-2010, 09:35 PM   #7
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I'm taking about PAID writing assignments -- sorry if that was unclear.
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Old 01-05-2010, 11:28 PM   #8
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XL did it I'm pretty sure.
Wasn't he a Nicholl finalist?
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Old 01-05-2010, 11:45 PM   #9
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I don't think Nicoll matters that much. I bet the below guy did it by having good samples.

It's not uncommon at all.
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Old 01-05-2010, 11:47 PM   #10
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I want to read As&hole Ninja right now.
You can download it on the site: http://www.therobotard8000.com/blog/

Just go to the third post titled "foray into television" and click on the As$hole Ninja button.

Hope you like it.
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