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Specs Don't Sell: How to Build Your Screenwriting Career

At a Glance

  • Translate industry interest to a screenwriting career, and understand the importance of responding effectively to shifting industry trends
  • Be informed and empowered with actionable tools, and ample avenues for constructing and sustaining a career
  • Gain a better understanding of the industry marketplace through which you’re expected to break in

ABOUT THE WEBINAR

As evidenced by today’s floundering spec market, the industry has changed extensively over the past 10 years. So if not by selling a first spec, how does a screenwriter break into the entertainment industry. In today’s challenging industry environment, the Spec Don’t Sell webinar comes to provide a real, actionable solution to the question that hounds every writer once they type Fade Out: What’s Next? 

In this 90-minute webinar, we will explore the current state of the industry and the available avenues for screenwriters to break in. While specs don’t sell, the industry now offers serious, consistent, talented screenwriters more ways than ever to break in. Explore everything from the effects of ageism to why managers have become so discerning in recent years, all to help you devise an effective plan for building a screenwriting career.

Screenwriting career coach Lee Jessup will lead the webinar. A seasoned industry professional, Lee spent years in development and production. She lead a national Business of Screenwriting seminar sponsored by The New York Times Company and launched in cooperation with Final Draft, and now coaches screenwriters full time, including sold and optioned screenwriters, contest winners, WGA members, and emerging screenwriters. 

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

  • Current trends entertainment industry, and how changes in the past decade effect screenwriters today
  • How to become the screenwriter that agents, managers and executives want to work with
  • The different, viable ways one can break into film and television writing in today’s industry climate.
  • How to turn industry road blocks into invaluable ways to become a vetted, vouched-for screenwriter
  • The critical elements, from body of work to general business practices, required for a successful construction of a screenwriting career

WHO SHOULD LISTEN?

  • Writers who want becoming working screenwriters
  • Writers who completed a screenplay, or a number of screenplays, and are not sure what to do next
  • Writers who want to think strategically about their career
  • Writers who are looking for tips about building their screenwriting career
  • Writers who want to learn about screenwriting from a business perspective
  • Writers who want a better understanding of the entertainment industry
  • Writers who finished a screenplay and are trying to figure out what to do next
  • Writers who need help and guidance with the business side of the industry
  • Writers who want to put the work into a screenwriting career
  • Writers who aren’t afraid to step outside of their comfort zone
  • Writers looking for resources about the business and the industry
  • Writers who aren’t afraid of a challenge

Product Details

  • Date available: 01/28/2014
  • Publication date: 01/28/2014
  • Return policy: This item is not eligible for return.

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Your satisfaction is our top priority. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, please return the item(s) for an exchange or refund within 30 days from the purchase date, unless otherwise noted on the product page.

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Please include a completed Return Form with your shipment. Refunds take up to one week to process once we have received the item(s).

Software returns must be deactivated and uninstalled from your computer before a refund may be issued. Please contact the software manufacturer if you need assistance uninstalling or deactivating your software.

The following items are not returnable: Hollywood Creative Directories, DVDs (opened), and Gift Certificates.

Meet the Author: Lee Jessup

Lee Jessup is a seasoned career coach for screenwriters, with an exclusive focus on guiding and supporting screenwriters as they parlay their screenwriting prowess into a focused and dynamic screenwriting career. Lee's experience spans years in physical production and film development, followed by 6+ years as director of ScriptShark.com, the industry’s leading coverage service. During her time with ScriptShark, Lee introduced hundreds of screenplays to entertainment industry professionals, helped writers secure representation and garner attention for their material, and spearheaded a national Business of Screenwriting seminar series launched in partne...

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