Let’s plan for an amazing 2016, shall we?
And on that note, let’s talk about some specific mindset, sales, and marketing strategies to prepare you to pitch your script to the studios.
You see, the moment you sit down in a pitch room, there are a couple of key things the studio executives will be looking for.
And this really goes for any Hollywood Professional you speak with (remember, this is AFTER it’s been determined that you have a killer script).
1. How do you conduct your screenwriting business?
As in, are you “one of us” or are you an outsider?
For example, have you done your market research?
Do you understand your genre (currently and historically), the players in your genre, the mandate of the studio, and how your script fits into that mandate?
Do you speak “Hollywood-ese?”
Is your pitch well rehearsed, pithy, and easily transmittable to a higher up?
And at the top of the list is, are you likeable as a person?
2. How flexible you are with your ideas?
The studio wants to know how receptive you are to being a collaborator.
And I’ll tell you this right now.
You will never sell a screenplay in Hollywood without someone else putting his or her fingerprints on it.
If you can’t accept this fact, then go write novels, because that’s more of a solo writing process.
But if you want to sell scripts in Hollywood, then you must understand that it takes a village to make a movie, and that village will sift and sort through your script, making notes, and adding suggestions for rewrites and edits.
It’s your job to grin and bear it.
Somehow, some way, you have to have to naturally, subtly, and persuasively convey all the above into your pitch.
Sounds tough right?
But that’s why I want to introduce you to an absolutely pivotal strategy to implement before sitting with ANY Hollywood Professional.
And here it is.
Prepare your pitch as if you were going into a pitch room, then grab a video camera, and pitch your screenplay on video.
Look, screenwriters are always asking Hollywood Professionals to read their scripts.
And we are inundated with material.
But let’s say we DO tell you, “Okay, tell me what your script is about.”
More often than not, after your pitch, we still don’t know what the story is about.
Don’t be that writer!
So take a video camera, reduce your screenplay to a sizzling, pithy pitch, and then watch it.
You may be surprised by what you discover.
But don’t stop there.
The next step is, you must hone and refine your “sales presentation” until you can perform it at concert pitch.
It may take a little time, but I promise that it will be worth your while.
Okay, that’s enough for today, but tomorrow, we’ll delve into a vey special screenwriting success secret… so don’t miss it!
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