Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Not Me This Time

Hello all.

I don't know about the rest of you, but I am sure ready for winter to be over. I've had enough of the white stuff. Rather than write an entry about where I'm at (hint, hint), I thought I use this entry to support a fellow artist. An acting colleague of mine name Cinti is taking the bull by the horns and raising funds via Kickstarter to Bring the Music to you. Kickstarter is a new way for filmmakers, producers, and artists to fund creative ideas and ambitious endeavors. Bring the Music is a live weekly comedy, variety, stand-up competition she created in 1999 and hosted in Manhattan for two consecutive years through 2001.

 Cinti initially pitch her idea to the Oprah Winfrey Network in Oprah's OWN TV show competition. Although she was not selected, she's not giving up on her idea and dream. I know what that is like. It's not enough to have an idea, an individual has to have the passion to pursue it and needs the support of others. We all have a story to share and Bring the Music is Cinti's. To learn more about Cinti's Bring the Music project by clicking on this link, https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/652976123/bring-the-music-the-movie.

As always thanks for reading.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Ten Days Into 2011 and Where I Am At


This caption echoes how I feel at times.


 Hello all,

It has been 10 days since my last entry and although I've got 2011 off with a positive enthusiasm, I actually haven written a word for an old or new screenplay. I'm not proud or pleased to report that. I'm actually disappointed in myself. The one thing I can say is that what I write or don't write falls on me. Since the new year began I've been focused on spec ideas for the Nickelodeon Fellowship, www.nickwriting.com/. The deadline for applications is February 28, 2011 and that is just around the corner.

I picked three shows to watch and have read their synopses on Wikipedia, but after watching the first season of one show, I wonder if I have the chops to write in that style. Comedy isn't my area of expertise, but for this fellowship I need to be able to demonstrate some skill in this area. The night before last, I voiced my struggle with my husband and even mentioned an idea I have for the show, but judging by his response and expression I really need to flesh it out.

What I need to do.
I think I'm so worried about failing at this it is distracting me from even getting started. I really have to get past this because time to get a draft done is running out. I'm going to have to put action behind my words and buckle down and get something on paper this weekend. A bad script is better than no script at all, because you can improve on something bad, but if there is nothing there to work with how do you get past that.

 I need to address the ways in which I hold my own self back. I need to prioritize my writing goals and create a schedule that will force me to write something everyday even if it is only one page. In addition to getting some writing done I need to work on the task of developing this schedule and really stick to it. While I wish my blog entry was more exciting, I'm glad to be addressing this issue with all of you. It's important that I'm honest with myself and sharing with you all helps.

Thanks for reading.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

My Goal is to Write for 2011

Happy New Year everyone. I hope all of you have recovered from your New Year's Eve hangovers. For those of you who didn't drink or over indulge in libations, you are already off to a good start.

With a new year people all over the globe are hyped about their new year resolutions. It's time to start over, start fresh, and give 2011 all you've got. The shame is that this invigorating attitude tends not to last. It is gone for most people by March. Come June, people are figuring out how they can make it through the rest of the year. And then by December, everyone is ready to close the door and start it all over again. It becomes a never ending cycle. I'm ready to break that chain.

In previous blogs I've mentioned that I've felt both professional and personal growth over the last couple of year. Well, I'm ready to step up my game and get to that next level. In the past, I've said that I've wanted to get an agent, get accepted into a writing fellowship, win a screen writing competition, get discovered, and eventually make my living as a screenwriter. I know, nice aspirations to have.

For the month of December I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how I'm going to achieve these different goals. I decided to take the hubby's advice and keep my goal simple for 2011. That goal is to write and only write.

While I was thinking about my goals for 2011, a light bulb went off in my head. I realized that everything I want and need to achieve stems from my writing. It's my foundation. If I'm not writing, my ideas aren't becoming complete stories that can win a contest, generate buzz, interest a producer, studio exec, or production company. Although I've been pursuing screen writing  for five years, I'm no industry insider. I'm still trying to wedge my foot in the door and only industry insiders get to sell ideas. I think I'm more likely to get hit by a truck than I am to sell an idea. While I wish I had that luxury I accept the fact that I don't. Like a drug dealer, I need a solid product, in my case a finished script. Something that will turn the heads of major players in the game. Right now, I'm slinging trying to get my hustle on, and while I've made some small deals; what I really need is the script that will grab the attention of the major players. Unlike drug dealers, it isn't once sole product for me. I need to write a bunch of scripts. The only way to grow as a writer is to write. I have no character development, no plot, no substance, no story arc if I'm not writing.

For 2011, my major goal on the screen writing front is to write and to write a lot. I can't worry about winning contest if the quality of my scripts are sub par. Practice makes perfect. I have plenty of story ideas that I want to turn into screenplays and fellowships to apply to, so there is no lack of substance. My task to achieve this goal will be to stay on task. I begin now and have a year to actualize this goal. Wish me not luck, but due diligence.