Hi Everyone! Being that I am one of those introverted networkers that RB talked about….not knowing what to say in social media, (so I usually say nothing) I decided to take the challenge. However, I still don’t know what to say….so I will ask a question in hopes of learning through your experiences, and you possibly learning through mine. What was your most memorable learning experience during your screenwriting, acting, etc. career so far and how has it made a difference for you? The one that comes to mind for me was when I wrote my first screenplay in the late 90s and decided to pay a professional to critique it. I loved my screenplay and had complete faith that it would be returned to me with more than enough praise to make my day. Wow. Was I ever so wrong! I’d never seen so many red marks and harsh comments (this is cliché, too over the top, too on the nose, dumb, awful, unclear, too fast, too slow, not clever, outdated…to mention a few) on a manuscript in my life. The audio critique (which was also included) was void of anything positive, including how my main character’s name wasn’t even good. I remember being crushed and feeling foolish for wasting so much money only to be treated so badly in return. So, I packed away my screenplay and tape (actually, I debated burning them) and returned to short story writing: a creative venue that hadn’t been so cruel, but instead had rewarded me with positive feedback and publishing contracts. But, a few weeks later, unwilling to completely forfeit my new passion, I decided to drag the scratched and bleeding screenplay back out and reread the comments with a new attitude. While I admit, he did have some good points, I wasn’t pleased with his execution. But, once I got past the idea that his critique wasn’t directed at me personally (which as a fairly new writer, that’s our first inclination), it did spark me into completely rewriting the script, (in only two weeks) and not long after submitting queries and pitching the new idea, I received three requests by agents for the completed screenplay. So, now whenever I pitch an idea, I’m prepared for the worst, open to improvement, and trust that if it has merit, it will eventually shine through.