Hollywood is a jungle. A tangle of overgrown vines, dense vegetation and trails both charted and not. It is easy to get lost in the underbrush. I’m sure you get the metaphor so let’s get down to it. In order to survive Hollywood you need skills. And luck. A lot of luck. New writers have a better chance capturing a leprechaun than selling a million dollar script these days. I’ve been surviving this jungle for almost twenty years (Holy shit, has it really been that long? Fuck.) Anyway, I know a little something about improving talent, acquiring skills and creating luck all while living day by day. This survival guide is intended as a personal blog. My survival as it were with a few tips that may help or inspire you. I’m going to rant. Frequently, and if you learn something, um– ‘kay.
The emerging screenwriter is someone coming into their own by making their personal pathway in. And when you’ve established it, you’ll be able to call yourself a working writer. In the meantime, how do you make it through the days, weeks, years or however long it will take you to get where you want to be?
You’ve done some writing already and really don’t need a guide so consider me a fellow traveler. After so many years alone in your writing hole hunched over your computer you’re being mistaken for Quasimoto but can finally call yourself a screenwriter or TV writer, playwright, shorts, etc. Yippee!! Congratulations. Well done, you. Now what? You’ve burst onto the scene with your calling cards and it’s time for agents, producers, studios and actors with production companies to bang down your door. And if that happens, tell me where I can find you so I can rub your hunchback. It doesn’t happen. Not that way. Not ever. Even the success stories you and your friends tell yourselves over and over to help you sleep at night are fairy tales for grown ups. So here you are. Amazing writer. Skilled writer. Hopeful writer. Emerging writer.
This blog is about you. And me. And all of us talented hopefuls who need some humor through the thick of it before the Hollywood hordes beat down our doors. If we stick together, stay in a group, we can not only survive in the jungle, but thrive. And when our careers are up and running, maybe we’ll even pass along some of the tricks of the struggle we’ve learned along the way.