Posted by: steveonfilm | April 20, 2011

The Business

My official title at work now is “Project Lead,” and yes, this is a promotion. The client of the project I’m currently leading is in town for a few days. Naturally, part of that visit includes my company taking them out for dinner. My day started officially at 9 A.M. and ended some time around 9:30 P.M. and basically I had to be “on” and in full on “sales mode” the whole time. Mentally this is simply exhausting. Days like today give me a new found respect for those on the sales end side of the business.

On the flip side, after a few glasses of wine the conversation starts to relax a bit and various aspects of our day to day lives pop up. My boss mentioned to everyone that I write screenplays. And that brings me to one part about not living in L.A. that’s nice… when people hear that they DON’T roll their eyes. As a matter of fact, it’s hard to explain to them just HOW HARD it is to get anywhere with a script once it’s written. People think you write it, send it off, people buy it, then movies start getting shot. They’re surprised when you tell them THOUSANDS of scripts are written each year by aspiring writers, most of which never see the light outside of the writer’s computer.

Although my goal is to one day make it as a writer and move to L.A., it’s kind of nice still getting that feeling that writing a script is something special. We all think this is something TONS of people do, but when you think about it, you could line up 1,000 people in any major city in America that’s not L.A. or New York and ask how many had written a script and less than 10 will raise their hand. It gives you perspective into realizing just how AWESOME of an accomplishment it is to write a 120 page script. And many of us have done it more than once!

So while most of us will never “make it” as a writer professionally, there is still a sense of accomplishment that goes along with our trade. We don’t really have to make a sale to know that we pulled something off that’s still pretty awesome.

Until next time, keep writing!
-Steve

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  1. Really cool Steve. I never thought of it that way. Thanks.

    • I’m glad you liked it. I often find a lot of people lose perspective sometimes. When you’re around people who write a few scripts each year, and they know people who’ve done the same, the idea of this being “normal” starts to set in. The reality is that I know very few people in real life who’ve actually written a full length scripts. Even less who’s written more than one. And even less than that who’ve written one that’s any good. No matter how many times we actually write FADE OUT, the fact remains that putting together a full length script is a pretty fucking awesome accomplishment.


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