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Producing : The Art of Ice Breaking by Ray Sparkles Rupp

Ray Sparkles Rupp

The Art of Ice Breaking

I'm a writer looking to generate interest in a spec script. I am of the understanding that there are at least a dozen other people like me, if not more. Producers and Directors are busy people, and I appreciate that. Do any of you have advice or insight into how to professionally and effectively approach a producer/director with a spec pilot? After starting a dialogue what should I have in my Mary Poppins bag to demonstrate credibility?

D Marcus

You professionally and effectively approach a producer/director with a well written query letter. All you need in your Mary Poppins bag is the finished script if they ask to read it.

Felix Pire

Produce a staged reading.

Shaun O'Banion

Another alternative... Put your material on a listing site like The Black List or InkTip. A lot of indie producers and, in some cases, agencies and studios will search those sites for material.

Laurie Ashbourne

I suggest pitching it here -- check out Stage 32 Happy Writers for an exec that seems to be in your spec's wheelhouse. Contact Joey@stage32.com if you're unsure of where you should be pitching it.

Ray Sparkles Rupp

Thanks for the advice. I'll check Happy Writers again. Last I looked there didn't seem to be someone who would be a good pitch for a TV MA Sitcom, but things change on the daily here.

Felix Pire

Make sure you can tell your story in one full, long sentence and that it has a hook. Producers will only listen to one sentence pitches. "Brevity is the soul of wit."

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