From Midwest to LA, a teacher-turned-screenwriter’s California dreaming and dreading.
My first-ever guest is a teacher-turned-screenwriter who likes simple stories, complex characters, and real-life absurdism.
What you’ll hear:
- What has teaching got to do with screenwriting?
- Why did he choose film school after years of writing screenplays since he was 16?
- Write what you know is a cliche. Write what scares you.
- How does he deal with frustration, Rock Bottoms? Two words. Angry run.
- Celebrate the wins. Celebrate the successes. But then, it doesn’t guarantee anything.
- How to get the writing workshop going after film school? Consistency and the right mindset.
- How does he process friends’ successes? Acknowledge it’s there and try not to let it consume you.
It’s hard to be successful at anything you do. You just have to like being unsuccessful. If you can do that, then you’re in the right line of work.
Your students are your audience. You’re not owed anything. If you fail to grab their attention, they’ll let you know.
If you think you’re writing something that is going to be successful or popular, it ain’t.
Wherever I end up in the world, I’m gonna still be writing.
Link from the episode:
- Franklin Pierce: 14th President of the United States (1853–1857)
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