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5 Reasons Why Newbie Content Creators Should Attend a Television or Film Festival

"I'm not good enough to attend a film or television festival. I don't have shit. All I have is a half written screenplay and another stupid idea about intergalactic robots that survive on small children and peanut butter." That's what you're saying about your stuff right now, I just know it. You're thinking: 'I'm not good enough'. You believe what you have is crap. Therefore, because you think it's crap, you stay home and eat Cheetos. Or pizza. Or peanut butter. (Don't eat small child…

How NOT to Land a Part in a Major Production

On set last week with Ben Stiller   You've got big dreams to be an actor. You do bit parts here and there until one day, an opportunity arises that could take you from EXTRA to EXTRAORDINARY. Unless, of course, you let your ego get in the way and pull crap that blows up in your face. Last week, I spent a few days on the set of 'Escape from Dannemora', an 8-part Showtime miniseries directed by Ben Stiller. It stars Patricia Arquette, Paul Dano, and Benecio del Toro. First of …

Do You Need a Writing Coach? 5 Reasons To Help You Decide

If you read the title of this post and scoffed as you begin reading this very sentence thinking, “Pfft. A writing coach. DUMB. Why on earth would I waste my time with a writing coach?” I get it. I used to think the same thing. I mean, why, when there are so many resources out there (books, webinars, online classes, masterminds, workshops), would you need to fork over a couple grand for a writing coach? For the record, I’m not here to convince you that working with a…

How To Network So Producers Choose YOU

I just got back from five wonderful days in Vermont at ITVFest where I came away with so many wonderful nuggets of information. I met some great new people while improving my writing in the colorful mountains of Dover, Vermont. I ate too much food too, but that’s beside the point. The biggest thing I came away with and heard a zillion times was this: (and I quote): “Don’t be an a**hole while networking.” Surrounded by industry leaders, writers, directors and pr…

'Don’t Give Up Because It Didn’t Happen. Keep Going Until It Does'.

Are you familiar with the 80/20 rule? It’s originally known as the Pareto Principle and it basically says that 20% of the input creates 80% of the result. In other words, only 20% of you will do whatever it takes to become published, produced, or put on display in the world of writing. Only 20% of you will ever see the project you started come to fruition. Only 20% of you are willing to be criticized, crucified and ridiculed in order to become part of the 80% result. The quest…

You Suck at Writing. Now What?

When I was in college, I wrote a farce for the stage. It was weak, at best, because I couldn’t come up with a decent ending. I don’t want to destroy my reputation here, but the first ending had an alien kidnapping the protagonist during Christmas Eve dinner. (Please don’t delete me from your network. I was only 21 and likely under the influence.) Knowing it was a bullshit ending, I threw my stage play in a box with some other scribblings where it sat for 15 years. In t…

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