Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Screenwriters: "How Do I Get A Manager?!"

Screenwriters often ask, "How do I get an agent or a manager!?"

On the one hand, if you get one of your projects going, it is easier to get representation because you will be a "produced" writer, or a writer whose works have been optioned. At the same time, if you're a screenwriter, I know you want to have a manager who will take your work out for you. It's a Catch 22. But there is one steadfast rule, and it is probably not a secret to you--

You must have a great script that demonstrates not only a good concept, but one that is well-executed in terms of plot, structure, character development, action and dialogue. Agents and executives pay attention to material that distinguishes itself by showing the writer has a unique and masterful voice.

The truth is that great work has a way of getting found. And for screenwriters, it is important to have more than one solid writing sample as agents, managers and executives need to know that you are not a one-trick pony. You need to show that you can consistently hit the mark.

Making sure your scripts are at the best writing level they can be is the key to finding representation and/or getting produced.

Do you know how to tell if your project is market-ready? Show your script to respected industry colleagues and other screenwriters whose works you admire for feedback. You might also hire a professional script consultant, and make sure to do your due diligence when deciding who to use.

InkTip can also be a good resource for screenwriters, as production company executives use the site to look for material by genre. Attend prestigious Pitch Fests and Film Festivals that attract A-list Hollywood executives. In addition to the biggies such as Tribeca, Sundance, Berlin, and Venice, other prestigious festivals that are smaller but provide opportunities to make excellent contacts and network include the Austin, Palm Springs, Slamdance, and Toronto Film Festivals, among others. For more information on Academy qualifying festivals, go to Top Pitch Fests include InkTip Writers Pitching and Networking Summit and The Great American Pitch Fest.

I hope you find the above helpful. If I can assist you or someone you know, please visit: or email for more details

Wendy Kram, Producer/Owner

WK Productions & L.A. FOR HIRE, Inc.

Ranked by Creative Screenwriting Magazine as the Industry's Top 3 Picks for "Best Script Consultants"