Monday, April 22, 2013

On You as a Job Creator

On starting again:

I've been posting to Facebook since April.  The information, being of some interest to my target audience, needed greater accessibility.  So I've started to manually move over old posts.  Woah is me.


On You as a Job Creator,
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At least once a day I'd like to advance a read or trade article and provide some feedback to offer a context for comment. From Studio System News I found a link to Script Shark; in part a resource blog in support of aspiring writers to commit and succeed. This link offered a fairly simple tip: write one bad page a day - a perspective shift to give writers heart in challenging their doubts. Between 3 months to a year you'll have something to show, to edit, to publish or sell possibly and you can call yourself a writer, which is the whole point anyway. 

I'll further this and say that Content Drives Business. No amount of money a producer has will ever replace the importance of those willing to generate craft and story. It's less glamorous for sure. It isn't being on set and fighting the weather. It isn't the mixing and the sharp suits. The real work comes from a document with that final punctuation, saved in .PDF and sent for review. Someone has do this job. This is the means by which all other jobs are called forth. 

The Gatekeepers, that is Agents and Managers and Creative Producers, certainly will have an agenda or angle on the industry that will either favor or disfavor your style. But there appears to be an audience for everything (have you seen this Frankenstein monster we call Reality TV?). And while I, personally, hate to empower cheap content (more on my definition of "cheap" later), it is important to recognize the vast amount of self-development resources available to hone your skill and connect with your market (once you know what that is). That will of course bring you closer to your proper network of professional associates who can make use of your brand or capacity. 

Nothing will happen if the words aren't on paper, similarly so if the story they form doesn't come to a proper conclusion. Due diligence folks. There's a place for you, even if know one knows it. Keep writing. Put your other options aside. Be honest, not a defeatist. Remain a student but find your distinct conviction. Balance work, growth and common joys and become undeniable. It's not easy, but difficulty should be besides the point you intend to make.

One further note: If you want to improve your chances at having your script enter production or your fiction enter publication, and you are starting out, there is a whole world of emerging talent. Do you want to reach even a small audience to build word-of-mouth? Chap books and small tours, webisodes or short films, flash-comics or writing for indie video games can make a difference. The pay is often minimal and the constraints prohibitive but working harder to create good story and saying you are responsible for finished product on the shelf is a success that sets you apart from a far grander crowd. Once the package is in form, so will come its recipient. But a package obviously isn't a script alone. 

Partner with an artist, someone versed in physical production (who can provide the even hand to counter the less practical scenes), or any other title that will fill in the blanks in making your content right for the medium. Once you know the guidelines you make adjustments and minimize the risk on time invested because you are shooting rather than spraying. Acknowledge and respect the duties of those that come after you (including the audience you intend to forge) and it should be easier to move the project forward. At first it feels like a constraint but compromise exists everywhere, and those that don't know how to may cease to function.

Lets get what we came for,

- C. M. Sanchez III