Breaking into Hollywood: 3 Mistakes To Avoid

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via GIPHY I have a secret. I have the ability to tell, in the first five minutes after meeting someone who wants to break into Hollywood, whether or not they’re going to succeed. Occasionally I call it wrong, but much more of the time, I’m right on the money. How did this intuition develop? From a combination of my years of …

Myth of Hollywood Overnight Success Stories

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I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Shawn Ryan, creator of the ground breaking TV series, The Shield several times. He talks about how he won a playwriting contest when he was in college. They flew him out to L.A. and he spent time in a comedy writing room. Then he sold the show an idea and they hired him as …

How Do You Get To Be a Showrunner?

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I can’t tell you how many times people ask me, “How do I get to be a showrunner?” Maybe the best way to answer this question is to explain what a showrunner does. In films, the director is king or queen. But in television, it’s the writer. Why? Television requires a script every week, sometimes up to 26 per season. …

How To Give Good Meeting… and Get the Job – Part One

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Whether you’re interviewing to be an assistant or it’s your fifth showrunner meeting and you haven’t been staffed, here’s how to master the five steps of the meeting “dance.” There are different kinds of meetings in the entertainment industry — from a “general” (where there’s no specific job); to a formal interview with executives; writing fellowship gatekeepers, agents, managers, and …