I’m Moving to L.A.

Basically, if your life’s dream is to become a giant Hollywood screenwriter, then you need to live in Hollywood. – John August

If you want to be next to writers, you need to be close to producers. And that means either being a PA on a production, or finding work at a production company… which I HIGHLY RECOMMEND! – Joshua Dobkin

What the fuck are you trying to do in Atlanta?  COME OUT HERE! – My friend in L.A.

I had a plan. I was going to work in Atlanta for a few years, write some specs, and save money. Then I was going to make the jump to L.A. with a couple of scripts under my belt and work my ass off. My plan for Atlanta isn’t working for a multitude of reasons, and after some recent advice from a friend working in L.A. — I’m jumping in and taking the risk!

I will be packing my ’94 Honda Accord (that just hit 200,000 miles yesterday!) with everything I need to live and drive from Tennessee to Los Angeles, California in the next week/week and a half. I will sleep on couches (or in my car if I have to) and take every job I can get. I need work; I crave work. Anything even related to film will do. I have 5 different resumes made up, enough money to get out there, and a TomTom GPS.

Speaking of work. If any of my readers could put my sweat and tears to good use in L.A. shoot me an email. Preferably with a production company doing something in development, screenwriter’s assistant, or a writer’s P.A. But like I said, I’ll be Kevin Smith’s oil boy if It will get me in the door.

Honestly, I wish I would have done this months ago.  I only have a couple of months before my massive student loans start coming in. On THAT note, don’t go to film school on student loans… bad… bad……very bad idea. Can’t change the past so I must look towards the future.

So… if chapter one of this blog was film school, chapter two will be moving to L.A. and working my ass off trying to get someone to let me work my ass off.

So let the madness begin. What do you think about moving to LA? Bad idea or a fucking awesome idea?

Getting a Job is Hard. Getting a Screenplay Produced is Awesome!

Lately, I’ve been working my ass off trying to convince people to let me work my ass off. I have called several different productions over the past week. What I’ve come to realize, is that people (usually) don’t hire people they don’t already know. It’s becoming a real pain in the ass trying to get the position I want, especially when people retain the same crews over and over again — on every production! Unfortunately, that old Hollywood adage still holds true – getting your foot in the door IS the hardest part.

Another thing I realized is that trying to join a Union right out of school is also a massive pain in the ass! I NEED to have some work experience, to be accepted by the Union… but I sorta’ need to be already accepted by the Union before employers will hire me for said work experience. Funny how that works, huh? So, on that note —-> I’ve also become aware of the fact that just because a state is a “Right-to-Work” state, doesn’t mean someone will hire you if you’re not in the union. It might be illegal, but one production came right out and told me that if I wasn’t in the IATSE, then they weren’t going to hire me. I’m sure I would love the IATSE if I were in it, but right now… it’s a fucking pain in my ass!

So, now that I’ve accepted the fact that I am not going to get the job I originally wanted, I’ve started re-applying to all the same productions for a set PA position. Only to learn, that more than half of the productions I’ve applied to are now totally crewed up!

If you are planning on working in the Industry, I guarantee you will come to loathe the term “Crewed Up.” Every time you hear it, your immediate response will more than likely be the “f-word”… screamed at the top of your lungs… in complete anger and frustration. Just make sure you say it after you hang up the phone.

In other news, a short film that I recently wrote is now being produced! I got to visit the set last night, and it was pretty weird/amazing to witness my words being brought to life.

Now that I’m done with the short, I have finally started on my next feature, which is a little more innocent than my previous scripts. It’s kind of like How to Train Your Dragon meets E.T., and I’m writing it for animation, even though I know all the big animations guys (Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks… etc.) develop everything in-house. It’s a story I’m passionate about, and if I do it well, I can at least use it to snag an agent or a producer’s attention.

I’ll keep posting every once in a while about the trials, troubles, and tribulations, which arise from my attempts at getting a job in the motherfraaaacking movie industry.

Oh, and look for a new script review coming soon! As well as a further detailed article on what I’ve learned while trying to find a job.

:FADE OUT.

Graduated! Now what…

Finally graduated from college. All done.

Now, what do I do?

The hunt for work has officially begun. I’m craving it. If I’m not on a production soon, I might just paint my bedroom walls with the inside of my head. Too bad my friend’s IMDB pro account expired. I need to start cold calling and throwing my resume around to everything going on anywhere. The hardest part right now seems not to be getting onto a production, but figuring out where to live/stay for the first couple weeks while I find an apartment. I need temporary housing around the Atlanta area until I get a few paychecks. That sounds like a bitch to figure out. Craig’s list? I don’t know. Hotels are expensive.

The good news is I hear there is an ass load of production coming to Atlanta this year.

In other (writing) news, I finished another feature. I’m sitting on it right now while I develop a couple more ideas. I know it’s not going to rewrite itself, but I think some time apart will give us a fresh start when we reignite our relationship. I am developing a script for animation right now. I’ve never written for animation, but I think it could be a lot of fun. It’s also a very innocent script, unlike the R rated thrillers I have been writing recently. I’m excited about it.

I also have a stack of unread screenplays to read and review. So I better get started on some of that.

That’s where I am in my life.