For if, in the Land of the Blind, the One-Man is King, then in the Land of the Bland, surely the Good Writer should be Emperor. The cold truth is, agents and producers aren’t looking for good writers. In fact, they have more “good” writers than they know what to do with. Which is why so many “good” writers never make a career in the film business.
Obviously, your script will probably fall into some established genre category ( is a “film noir”), but you want it to be as “fresh” and “unusual” as you possibly can. A problem common to even experienced writers is timidity. We’ve all heard that life is unfair or, as one sage so aptly put it, “Fair is what you go to in August.” And since Hollywood is nothing but life writ large, it’s no surprise that the town’s indignities are likewise amplified. Instead of expecting justice and karmic rectitude, accept that working in Tinsel Town is going to be capricious, chaotic and fickle.Remember, Hollywood is always looking for the Next Big Thing. If you’re not selling, it’s most likely because you’re simply not offering what they want to buy. Ultimately, there’s only one person who can prevent you from succeeding, and that’s yourself. Embrace the cliché “No Pain, No Gain,” recognize the long odds and keep plowing ahead anyway. But it you keep moving — if you don’t let bitterness cloud your vision — you may eventually end up someplace you never expected. You’ve devoted months — perhaps even years — to writing your spec screenplay or creating your short film or web series. Fail, and all your efforts could all come to naught. You want to make the best possible first impression. It covers the “look and feel” of your screenplay or short film as well as the tools you use to sell it.Your investment in time, money and emotional capital is substantial. The Checklist can’t guarantee your work will be received positively.Here, insiders dish on what to steer clear of on the room service menu.Buckingham Fountain is an iconic Chicago attraction known for nightly light-and-music shows.” gesture, then you know you’re onto something big. Look for Similarities Between Your Idea and Other Successful Films. Bitterness creates a vicious circle of self-hatred, malice and recrimination that ultimately becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. If the Hollywood experience is so conducive to bitterness, how do you avoid it?