The ultimate prize

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I recently re-discovered a brief, powerful clip from Inside the Actors Studio and I’ve watched it, oh, about 1,000 times. In the clip, a young, struggling actor asks Kevin Spacey – a world-famous actor who has earned multiple Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, and Golden Globes – for some career advice. The set up: being an actor is tough. It’s not easy to get noticed. You might audition for one hundred roles and get ninety-nine rejections before booking one small gig that pays almost nada. It’s rough out there. The young actor asks: “How can we appreciate the lean years, the difficult years, leading up to the ultimate prize?” Kevin replies: “There is no prize… out there. The only prize is this one [gesturing at his heart]. What you feel.” Cue: tears. Kevin is right. We all think we’re on a quest to earn the “ultimate prize” – fame, wealth, praise, … Read more …

Earmuff it

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I’ve spent the past several months in Los Angeles, pitching TV show concepts and shopping my screenplays around to various networks. I’ve met a ton of Hollywood peeps. It seems like – at every corner –  someone is eager to give me some “advice.” Don’t do this. Don’t do that. Never say such-and-such to so-and-so. OMG, you’ll get blacklisted! You’ll kill your career if you blah-dee-blah. They ONLY want doodle-doo this season. Diddle-dee is so OUT. And on and on and on. I have no doubt these folks are well-meaning, trying to sprinkle some wisdom into my ear-holes based on what they’ve heard. But most of the advice I’ve been hearing didn’t feel “right” for me or my projects – and the deluge was starting to make me feel crazy. Fortunately, a mentor of mine here in LA – who happens to be a working, successful showrunner – told me … Read more …

Do you love it?

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved to write. As a geeky and awkward elementary school student, I would pen soap-opera-esque tales about my fellow classmates (until a teacher shut down my “project” because it wasn’t “appropriate.” Thanks teach for your support! Blerg.) I went to college for communications. I spent years writing stories as a publicist. I worked as a freelance journalist for a local magazine. I write blogs and newsletters for you. I write e-books and classes. I write guest posts and articles. And I’ve written three original TV pilots and have finally moved permanently to Los Angeles to pursue some new screenwriting opportunities. #FreakOut #EXCITINNNNG But as much as I love writing, there are definitely times when my love slips away. I’ve had long lonely nights where I’ve erased all the crappy words on the screen, shouting in a teary rage “Why am I such … Read more …

Where you are

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“Get flat, toned, rock hard abs in just 5 minutes a day!” “Break through to 7 figures, a-freaking-sap!” “Sell your screenplay in 2 weeks!” Is it just me, or does it feel like the entire world is obsessed with skipping “this” to get to “that”? It’s like we’re all little kids in the back of mom’s minivan crying, “Are we therrrrre yet?” We’re all obsessed with “short cuts” and “speedy tricks.” We don’t like being “here.” We want to be “there.” It’s so incredibly rare to meet someone who is just happy to be… where they are. It’s like being “content” with your current weight, lifestyle, income, home, or level of business success is “illegal” or something. It’s kinda depressing. Recently, I was having a frumpy day – feeling tired and worn out, for no particular reason – and I decided to attend a screenwriting panel here in LA, hoping … Read more …