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  • #31
    Well, it wasn’t what I hoped.

    They’d already come up with the whole story. When I showed up it was on the board, all written down. They walked me through it and all I could contribute was asking questions for clarification. They were all very nice but I didn’t have a chance to show what I could do.

    I guess that’s what the script is for.

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    • #32
      Originally posted by BeverlyWain View Post
      Well, it wasn’t what I hoped.

      They’d already come up with the whole story. When I showed up it was on the board, all written down. They walked me through it and all I could contribute was asking questions for clarification. They were all very nice but I didn’t have a chance to show what I could do.

      I guess that’s what the script is for.
      Bummer, but I guess it makes sense that they'd have the story mapped out. Can't take a chance of the new girl killing off the main character of the show as the grand third act twist of the episode :P

      You can still show what you can do though. There are a lot of ways to get from point A to point B even if you have your route already planned out for you.

      Just because it's not your story doesn't mean you can't give the script that ol' BeverlyWain razzle dazzle.

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      • #33
        I think what's most important here is that you're clearly in a position to get more opportunities.

        Keep your ear to the ground and don't be shy about asking for chances, next time you run into anyone you recognise (without coming across as desperate or annoying!).

        EDIT: Make it known that, where you like your job (because you don't want to undermine and risk losing it!), your dream is writing.

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        • #34
          Originally posted by BeverlyWain View Post
          Well, it wasn’t what I hoped.

          They’d already come up with the whole story. When I showed up it was on the board, all written down. They walked me through it and all I could contribute was asking questions for clarification. They were all very nice but I didn’t have a chance to show what I could do.

          I guess that’s what the script is for.
          It's a win, BeverlyWain, even though it wasn't all that you expected.

          You were in the room-- they know who you are now. You did well. Acknowledge that and get back to writing. Write something where they undeniably need YOU to remain a part of the project. I don't know what that looks like or what that means for you... keep at it.

          Much good luck. Still so happy for you.
          "Reserving rights to comment and make changes."
          Hollywood producer

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          • #35
            Turned in my script. Waiting for notes.

            I gotta be honest. I really like writing movies more. Being handed a detailed outline and filling in a few words isn’t creative. Maybe tv gets better if you’re on staff but this felt like homework. :/

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            • #36
              You got your foot in the door and followed up by getting yourself in the room. Congratulations. This opportunity is a fantastic stepping-stone for you even if it proves to be a slight detour IMHO. Best of Luck.

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              • #37
                Originally posted by BeverlyWain View Post
                Turned in my script. Waiting for notes.

                I gotta be honest. I really like writing movies more. Being handed a detailed outline and filling in a few words isn’t creative. Maybe tv gets better if you’re on staff but this felt like homework. :/
                Congrats on this opportunity Bev, so awesome!

                I think the big difference when you're staffed is that you're part of the room while all these stories are being broken, so you feel like you're contributing to the larger story. So please don't be discouraged. I promise, when you have the opportunity to hang out more in the writer's room (as I'm sure there will be, if this was an indicator) it's an awesome creative atmosphere.

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                • #38
                  You're lucky to ponder this question when you're young. I've always wondered about that myself. I'm guessing that on some level, it would be thrilling to be on the team of a sitcom or TV series that goes down in history as a groundbreaking, game-changing classic. I'm sure the room is electric with creative juice. Or is it? Maybe it's not. Maybe it's what you said.

                  One of the reasons I decided to take a break from writing screenplays is that I came to realize what "success" meant in HW in MOST cases. Write a great spec, get noticed, get hired to work on other people's stuff.

                  Not everybody thinks that's exciting, although I'm sure the money is.

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