I’m tired of repeatedly bashing my head against a brick wall in the dark world of spec screenwriting – I mean really tired. In fact it’s exhausting. It’s a full time job and I’m not getting paid to do it. Something is wrong with that – I already HAVE a full time job and even that is exhausting. Try fitting in 2 full time jobs in a week (one you’re not getting paid for), going to school part time, eating, sleeping and cleaning up after yourself and you have a recipe for a nervous breakdown. I don’t like nervous breakdowns – I think they’re really over dramatic and selfish.
I sometimes wish that one of the many people that I’ve connected with on any level over the past several years to discuss my screenwriting (in production companies, at contests, in film studios, agents, fellow screenwriters, directors, readers, actors, producers, ‘consultants’, entrepreneurs, students, millionaires) will send me a surprise email one day to say they love my script idea, want to read the entire screenplay (not just the logline), buy it (not just option it) and want to put it into production because they think it’s a really good original story.
However, this is the real world. Sometimes it’s hard to live in the real world, especially in the mystical land of film making. So, I really think that future success for me in screenwriting will be not from networking or selling myself and my work to people in the “biz”. No. Here is how it will go:
Success will come from a completely unrelated, chance meeting with the person who shovels snow from the old lady’s sidewalk down the street whose cat had a seizure and had to be taken to the vet whose car detailer knows of a lawyer who’s defending a shoplifter who hordes cabbages in their garage that had to be torn down and renovated by a company whose owner’s sister is a nurse who treated a boy who fell off his bicycle that was purchased at a flea market organized by the woman who owns the pharmacy that was broken into by a man whose uncle was the mayor who had an affair with his secretary whose nephew just got a job as a janitor in the building that is home to a start-up film production company.
I can see it now…
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