How to Become a Screenwriter: 6 Starting Points
The number one way to become a screenwriter is by writing. Anyone will tell you that. But what if you are writing? What do you do with the scripts you’ve written? How do you get noticed? Are there ways to network that you haven’t done yet? Becoming a screenwriter is a process. Some people get their break right away, and with others, it takes years. That’s out of your control. What can you do right now to put yourself and your work out there? Here are 6 starting points on how to become a screenwriter.
Winning a competition is a surefire way to get agents, managers and executives to look at your work. This is becoming one of the most popular methods of getting a script read. Many screenwriting competitions are accessible to everyone, no matter where you live or what you do. And yes, the odds can be a bit dodgy, but it’s worth a shot. With some of the major competitions, placing in that contest can be enough to get people to reach out and read your work.
Who do you know? Yep, I said it. Reach out to any and all connections you have. Network yourself into a circle of people who can read your work – how very “Hollywood” of you. You don’t have to be slimy to get it done. Networking shouldn’t sound like a negative word. If you have a leg up, use it.
- Alumni associations
- Family friends
- An estranged uncle
- Your childhood best friend’s college roommate
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