This may have been asked before, but what is the best way to find or approach semi or pro screenwriters to be mentors? I live in London, UK so do any British people have successful methods?
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Honestly, I've made some great connections here. I'm not in London, and maybe you're looking for someone to sit down with you in person. If you're open to it, you can meet great people, online, right here. I know I did and they changed my career. I don't want to put their names out there since this is a public forum, but if you want to know more - IM me. Also, sorry I didn't technically answer your question. If your trying to get someone like Michael Hirst to read your work well then good luck to you and if you crack that egg, please share!! :)
There's no best way. in London, they just had the LSF and that would be a great place to connect with writers of a higher caliber. But the best way is to show an aptitude for the craft. If you've never written anything yet, then there's nothing to mentor. You're just looking for a teacher. But if you've written a bunch and you're winning contests and rewriting, that's when a mentor will really come in handy. Pro writers don't have the time or inclination to mentor someone on their first script. you have to prove you have the talent to make it worth their energy...
What Danny said. Let me add: think of this like dating. You don't want to meet someone and propose on the first date... they'll think you are crazy. You want to slowly get to know them until they like you and want to spend more time with you. Eventually you get to the point where you are on the road to marriage (or mentoring) without anything being asked. Leah mentions meeting people online, and that's a great place to start building that relationship.