Saturday, April 30th, 10:30am-Noon (LA time, via zoom)
Mini-Camp for Pro Members Only
Where Are You Now? Drilling Down A Career Checklist
(The RSVP system is based on your zoom registration. BTW, please honor your RSVP or send regrets if your plans change.)
Please join Writers Boot Camp Founder, Jeffrey Gordon (JG), via zoom for this opportunity to meet fellow members and to share your estimation of your writing progress. It can be inspirational to other writers to hear of your success, even if it’s about the work in the trenches versus on the Hollywood awards stage. The goal is to review a checklist of the best preparation to supplement, as well as focus, your actual script (and manuscript) material.
Writers Boot Camp’s Career Progress Point System will be briefly reviewed for context. For example, how one draft of a script–especially by first-time writers of a first idea–barely dents the scale, and how surface definitions of creative process may limit achievement.
The Career Checklist includes the continual refinement of one’s writing voice through a range of exercises, from an Artist Statement that can be revisited every couple years, to a handful of Branding Exercises that often expand from initial journaling.
Additionally, we’ll touch on the affirmation of your current business model, both for your current project and how it fits and suits your trajectory as an artist in the entertainment business. All too often, we default into the mode of viewing our current project as the golden ticket. That’s important in terms of vetting and testing, creating stories and worthy IP, yet the current running through all your work can ignite opportunity on many levels, creating an electrical field that attracts notice.
—JG will expand upon best practices for creating a Story Inventory, a list of projects and the status of each, so that you are better equipped to discuss your work with producers and executives.
–We’ll briefly discuss how to estimate a project’s condition (Stage of Achievement) as a way to breakdown priorities looking forward. This will help most writers stay on track, resist getting knocked off their timelines, and pre-empt the tendency to be diverted from goals.
–We’ll also discuss organic methods of networking and how to manage contacts. Fellow members may share their approach to communications with fans of their work and how they maintain their social media accounts. We’ll touch on the relevance of updating a web page or blog to represent yourself and your work. JG will review recommendations for charting and tracking meetings, including how to maintain professional recaps and a notebook of business interactions.
–Lastly, though not the least, JG will review the relevance of maintaining a Project Tool Kit (or TV Bible) for every project. Rarely does a script outdo the potential that the Northstar of the Project Tool Kit illuminates.
As always, we love hearing about the personal and professional highlights of our alumni. Even if you cannot attend this zoom event, please email any news to firstname.lastname@example.org.