Hey everybody! Yesterday I found emails that I must have overlooked or completely missed during the move late last year from Wildsound Film Festival that I had entered Summons for their screenplay competition in 2017. I didn’t get selected for that festival but they did like the concept of the story and asked if I would like to Showcase a Best Scene from the script with a reading. Of course I did’t want to completely miss out on that, so I emailed the director, who sent the emails in the first place, and asked if it was still available to me. Turns out they had just finished reading and judging my script and sent me notes, along with a new “Not Selected” judging. Some good news though. The notes they sent back were fantastic and detailed. A lot of grammatical issues that were easily fixed, some changes to the ending and character development. Luckily I was able to make those changes before bed last night. I knew I wouldn’t get a good chance to do it during the week. Husband works long hours, we get tired with the kids and I may not have the energy later. Resubmitted and I am still able to do a reading, too. I’m not entirely sure it will be considered, with a new revision, in the competition but I think the notes helped with future competitions, the Fellowship and pitches I have going on now and in the next few months.
I discovered WB’s Writers on the Verge program, which sounds super awesome and an amazing opportunity, should someone get in, but not something I can take advantage of. With my three young kiddos and living in an entirely different state from Hollywood, California, it’s really not realistic for me to go there for once a week classes for a couple/few months. I mean this in a completely realistic and sad tone. I understand the problem and appareicate if for what it is, it’s just not for me. At this point, I am good with just selling scripts or finding another way to get into the television industry. I know it’s not realistic. If you want to work in the tv industry, you should live in Hollywood. But my life right now is mostly about my kids. I will still continue to write and pitch and explore what I’m capable of as a screenwriter but as a stay at home mom. My husband has a great job where we’re at now so no way would it be worth it to move.
So, right now, I have a pitch in for the Austin Television Festival. I am entering the Screencraft Fellowship this month and attending their Writers Summit in April. I think those are solid ways of getting a toe into the industry, meet people and network.