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    Re: Atta Boy!

    You all are the most helpful, genrous, kind people in the world !! You make me believe I could make it at any production company. Thank you so much for all your time !!

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    Relax and get to know the person you're meeting with. Ask him about him or herself. They've read your work and they like it. The point of the meeting is to make sure you don't drool, smell or throw things.

    They will almost always ask "Where are you from?" because they don't know what the hell else to talk about. Ask how long s/he has been with the company and what s/he did before. Take an interest in them. If you can find something you're both interested in that's great. Look around the office for clues. Guys often have sports related stuff you can talk about, or if there are movie posters ask if they worked on the film or really liked it, etc.

    As Crash said, be ready to talk about what you're working on now.

    Give a thumbnail sketch that reveals character or theme and then get into a discussion of it. For example "as I writer I'm really interested in family dynamics" or "I'm drawn to action pictures because I really like visual storytelling" or whatever it is. This is where you make them realize that you are a real, bona fide writer with something to say. If it's something that grabs their interest as well, you've scored points.

    Finally, don't expect a re-write assignment the next week. You're making contacts. Stay in touch. Send a thank you card. Be nice to the assistant and find out his/her name. You never know where these people are going.

    real life example: I met with a producer on one of my scripts about a year and a half ago. I stayed in touch and when I was looking for a new agent I asked him if he could help. He gave my work to several people, including a manager who passed it to another manager who was looking for someone who could write film noir. That manager and I are now out pitching a project I created. (and being the shy person that I am, I of course agonized for days about calling the producer to ask him to help me. When I finally called he was perfectly happy to do it. So don't be shy.)

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    Re: Atta Boy!

    mfd,

    meetings are always useful for you. your'e getting to know people, they're getting to know you. you get to see if they're jerk offs, they get to see if you're a flunky. being more visible as a writer they'd someday maybe like to work with, is a good thing.

    me kuehnl,

    you are a writer and aren't expected to dress up during meetings. in fact you will find that producers are usually very casual themselves. go in what makes you look comfortable.

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    Atta Boy!

    Great attitude, MFD. You're learning. It's all part of the process. Networking, making contacts, improving your craft.

    It'll happen if you keep working at it.

    Bonita

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    Another question

    Have you ever gotten work from meetings? What has your experience with them been? Useful? Waste of time? Or somewhere in between?

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    Excellent advice

    Great advice. Thanks.

    @#%$, I was hoping I could score an assignment from this. But at least I'll have a great contact.

    -Mav

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    First thing is to relax. Have several ideas you can broadly pitch to them when they ask you what you're working on next. Don't forget body language. Look alive and don't mumble. Tell your best jokes and stories. If there's a particular type of genre that you like working in, let them know, play up your strengths. Get your contact person's email address so you can keep up a correspondence. But most importantly, never be at lost for words -- you're a writer, you're suppose to be a master at them.

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    Desperation begins

    I just wanna work. I don't care if it's friggin WGA scale for a minor re-write. The money's not the important thing. I just want to do what I love, and get my foot in the door.

    My ultimate strategy is to use an assignment (no matter how small), to get my foot in the door with a better agent.

    Pleas God...PLEASE!!! (told you I'm getting desperate)

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    Oops!

    Sorry me kuehnl,

    I've been bitchy all afternoon.

    CRASH!!! I was hoping you'd pop in here. Any advice? Gosh, my agent is clueless on this one. Yikes!!

    Thanks

    Mav

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    Sharing a cell...

    To Crash:

    Wouldn't you like to know.

    To: Melissa re: meeting attire... I wear nice slacks, a knit top and some kind of jacket or overshirt. No jeans, unless they're black jeans and brand new. And I've taken to wearing boots.

    I like wearing a shirt that is a bright color and I have a cool "afro centric" necklace I wear as well.

    Hope that helps.

    Bonita

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    Re: My first helpful post

    Max Adams' book taught me how to "be the girl".

    Tony (who, all kidding aside, highly recommends the book)

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    Re: My first helpful post

    No matter what I wear to a meeting, I always have my red tennis shoes on.

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    My first helpful post

    me keuhnl,
    Personally, I'd go with PVC. It's probably better that you go get Max Adam's book. The Screenwriter's Survival Guide or guerilla meeting tactics and other acts of war.

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    Re: hmmmm

    Ouch... sorry. Can I recover? I mean my basic wardrobe is jeans, tee-shirts and sandals. I know just be yourself. I want to be taken seriously though.

    Sorry,
    Melissa

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    hmmmm

    THAT was insightful...not.


    BTW, Basic B, thank you for great advice. It really helps. And best of luck in your writing as well. Sounds like you've already got a good foot in the door.

    -Mav

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