Just a quick update from NATPE, where I was one of the consultants helping people prep for their pitch sessions. Three of the people I worked with that day have called or e-mailed to let me know how their pitches went — and they went very well indeed. For two of the individuals, every production company they pitched to asked to read their script. Every. Single. One. A third team batted .500 – and they got an open door to pitch other projects to the two companies who passed.
I mentioned before that nearly everyone I saw was a solid B+, so I’m not surprised. But I am delighted, and I wanted to share because so many writers think that pitching is like winning the lottery. It’s not. Getting a TV show or a movie made – that’s winning the lottery. Getting interest, getting optioned, writing for hire — that’s all about getting in the door.
If you want to be a working writer, you have to pitch. You will make connections, you will get a better sense of what a specific company looks for, you will make inroads. You will get read. There is no downside.
What’s stopping you? Let me know. Tomorrow, I’ll dish about what (sometimes!) stops me.