Merry Christmas Eve!
I always get a ton of questions when we cover the topic of networking.
So here are 3 great questions (and answers!) that put a nice cap on this hugely important Screenwriting Success Habit.
QUESTION: What are your thoughts about online networking? Is it possible to use the Internet to make Hollywood connections, even if I don’t live in Los Angeles?
MARVIN: Great question, and here’s my answer.
Thomas Friedman wrote a great book called “The World is Flat” where he talks about the power of the Internet and how it has literally collapsed all geographic borders.
And it’s true.
The Internet is an incredible tool for you to utilize, especially with regards to social networking sites, industry websites, and screenwriting forums.
And you’d be surprised at how receptive Hollywood Professionals can be (when approached correctly) on sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
I know I’ve made a ton of contacts this way, both Hollywood Professionals and screenwriters alike.
The bottom line is this.
When I first came to LA 20 years ago, I had to shake hands and kiss babies in person.
And while you should still do as much in-person networking as you can, you can now supplement that with highly effective online networking as well.
QUESTION: Do you network with anyone and everyone, or do you have some sort of gauge or standard as to the types of people you want to network with?
MARVIN: Another great question.
To be clear, everyone you meet does not have to be a superstar in their game.
They just need to be in the game.
You see, the right people to network with are those who are in the game of, “How can I help you? Let me create value in your life.”
Even if it has nothing to do with the entertainment industry.
It’s this kind of reciprocal relationship that you’re looking for.
QUESTION: Are there any famous screenwriters you know who still network?
MARVIN: Do you know screenwriter Jim Hart?
He wrote “Hook,” “Dracula,” and “Contact.”
This is a man who makes two million dollars a screenplay.
I happened to meet him a few years ago through an acquaintance.
The first thing he said to me was, “I have some guys in New Mexico who have funding… I’d love to make an introduction.”
My reply was, “Fantastic, when can I meet them!?”
Of course he followed that up with, “And by the way, I have this wonderful script I’d love for you to take a look at…”
Which of course I did.
So there’s your example of a massively successful screenwriter who still networks ferociously.
And I don’t think it’s a coincidence that he’s a great networker and successful.
In fact, this is a habit that ALL successful screenwriters share… and so should you!
Okay, that’s enough for today.
But if you want MY help in your screenwriting career, then here’s where to find me: