Updated for 2018
I’m always hearing from Bang2writers bemoaning the number of prodcos and agents that tell them they’re not accepting new clients, or that they won’t consider unsolicited material.
My answer? Get them to SOLICIT YOUR WORK. Le duh. After all, ‘no unsolicited material’ simply means ‘don’t send us still didn’t ask for’! So get them to ask for it!!!
Get them to ask for your work
You CAN do this. Anyone can, if they know the right approach.
But first there’s a couple of things you need to understand about the industry to really get your best chance of getting work solicited. These are:
Producers and agents won’t read stuff if they don’t have to (‘cos they’re busy with existing projects and clients) …
… They’re ALL afraid of missing out on The Next Big Thing.
So you need to persuade those agents and producers you’re the Next Big Thing!
How To Do This:
Getting people to think you’re the next big thing and to actually ASK for your writing is easier than you think. Try this for size:
– Get online (a good online persona is a must)
– Ask agents and producers if they’d be interested in reading a One Pager, rather than a script (who’s afraid of one page? No one)
– But if an agent or producer declines, ask them if you may get back in touch in say, 3 months? If they say yes, you may ask again in 3 months (perhaps with another One Pager), put it in the diary – and make sure you write back!
– If they say yes to the One Pager, send it – and don’t hassle them. When to follow up on your submission.
– If they write back and say they are interested in reading the script, send it. If they say it’s not for them, thank them … And ask if you may send another One Page Pitch, either then or in 3 months?
Rinse And Repeat
Keep on with the above, building up your contacts and reads – and thus, your name. It’s a simple strategy, but you’re playing the long game … It’s not a case of meeting the right person and/or sending off your script and being magically picked out of obscurity. Sure it *can* happen, but only to about 1% of us (if that). No one ever makes it “overnight” – even those who appear to have come out of nowhere have still been slogging it behind the scenes.
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