What may have been my biggest mistake with my old manager was not doing enough.
I’d toil away on the new script, and send him an occasional email asking if there had been any responses to the first one. They were minimal, which is putting the best positive spin on it.
Why weren’t we getting the results we’d expected? Mostly, I blame myself.
Looking back, I realize now that it was me who wasn’t being the more proactive one. He was a busy guy with other clients to handle. Instead of handing off the material with the instruction of “I’ve got a script to write. You do what you have to,” I should have been making his job easier by doing the research, finding the names and providing the contact info so all he had to was send off an email.
Lesson learned. Behavior modified. Jump to the present.
Now being representation-free, I’ve no choice but to be the proactive one. Nobody’s coming to me, so I’m exploring numerous avenues to get to them.
-query letters. A few managers have requested the script, with more being targeted.
-researching producers and production companies who’ve made films similar to my scripts
-expanding my network and connecting with writers on community sites, which includes face-to-face meetings with those in the immediate vicinity when applicable
-publicizing my scripts and their loglines on said sites and public forums, which has resulted in not only more connections, but offers to read the scripts. Feedback is always invaluable, and somebody’s status in the industry can change overnight, so any connection is a potential good one.
My former m.o. was to devote as much time as possible to writing, rewriting and polishing. But for now, that’s just not an option anymore.
Time for a little diversification.
It’s just as important now to set aside some time each day to find some potential recipients for my material. Even if it’s only 20-30 minutes of researching names on IMDBPro, that’s still a few small steps in the right direction.
Even if something may feel like the longest of shots, I remind myself I’ve got absolutely nothing to lose, and the worst that can happen is somebody says no. If that happens, I shrug it off, move on to the next name and try again.