Pitching Your Story Idea or Script to Hollywood

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If you have a script idea or a completed script that you

would like to discuss with a certain producer or studio,

the best method is by calling the producers production

office. Chances are you will probably speak with a member

of the producers staff. Normally a secretary or production

assistant.

The producers staff is very important. Think producers

assistants are not important and/or a waste of your time?

Think again. They are very important. The Producers

staff are always looking for a reason to barge into their

bosses office with – “Boy, have I found a good story for

you!” Producers’ assistants are always looking for ways

to impress the boss, why not give them one.

When you have a member of the producers staff on the

phone, remember not to sound over anxious. You don’t

want to sound like you will just die if you can not land an

interview or that your next meal depends on the sale of

your story. You want to sound as professional as possible.

Keep your call brief and to the point. Do sound excited,

but not overly. Also, if a member of the producers staff

asks you to give a brief summary of what your script is

about, you should tell them without hesitation. If you

display one ounce of doubt in revealing your story idea,

or if you show the slightest concern that you are afraid

to disclose your story idea out of fear that your creation

will be stolen – then you are dead in the water.

The stealing of scripts in  Hollywood  by agents and/or

producers is almost non existent. In  Hollywood  today –

where million dollar deals are common place – nobody

in their right mind needs to go around stealing scripts.

It’s just not going to happen. And, anyone who shows

concern about their script being stolen, is usually looked

down upon by industry professionals.

In-Other-Words, if you go around displaying fear that

your script may be stolen – then a little red warning flag

is raised.  Hollywood  insiders begin to think to themselves,

“why is this guy so afraid? What does he think were going to

do, steal his script? Sheeesh, he hasn’t even made his first

sale yet, a real No-Namer, and he’s anticipating were going

to rip off his script!”

The last thing YOU want to do is make  Hollywood  insiders

feel uncomfortable. Especially about working with you. When

you start displaying fear about whether your story idea or

script will be safe under their care, in a way, that’s very

insulting, and clearly displays how much trust you have. You

then have “I AM an OUTSIDER” written all over your face.

And,  Hollywood  is very reluctant to do business with

OutSiders.

Remember –  Hollywood  is a close knit family and they are

many times fearful of doing business outside of their secure

environment. They often make deals over the phone and many

times at lunch. If you want to fit in, you must make them

feel at ease. Your chances of survival in  Hollywood  will be

much greater if you come off looking like an INSIDER rather

than an OUTSIDER.

 Hollywood  is a puzzle, a very unique, fun and mysterious

place. Nothing is as it seems in  Hollywood  World. And, that

seems to be the way they like it.

If you come from the old school, where you think talent alone

should be sufficient enough, then you are very sadly mistaken.

Talent is a major factor, yes – sometimes, but not always.

But, being a good game player can many times eclipse the

fact that you lack talent. Personally, I feel making

contacts in  Hollywood  is VITAL. Take a trip there and

make a scene.  Hollywood  loves ’em. And Take an agent to

lunch, they love that. Call a production office and take a

producers assistant to lunch too. And, don’t forget to make

make them feel important.

Call anyone and everyone you can in  Hollywood . Be energetic

and fun.  Hollywood  likes energy. Announce your arrival. Make

it an event.  Hollywood  loves events. In-other-words, play their

game! Dare to be outlandish. SELL! If you want it – want it so

bad you can taste it – you can make it happen!


Source by Parisa Anderson

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