Spike is a veteran of the Hollywood development landscape, having worked for an agency, a prod co, and a TV network. He enjoys long walks on the beach, candlelight dinners, and dynamic storytelling.
Many facets of the Hollywood game are draped in shadow and secret. And as I see it, they really shouldn’t be.
This is a copycat industry—if something works, you can all but guarantee someone else is going to be right on your heels with the follow-up.
Too many writers try to reinvent the narrative formula. They think we, as readers, are bored with well-executed, simple stories. Well, let me tell you this, y’all: we ain’t.
These games taught me a valuable lesson about the importance of perspective and POV in storytelling. The lessons go much further than that. This game may have actually changed my outlook on life.
Once you’ve had five meetings with managers, who do you get the best vibe from? Which of them showed the most passion for your career? Who do you feel is going to work the hardest for you?
“We’ve been through, like, nine rounds of notes on this thing. I’m starting to feel like this idea simply isn’t gonna work, no matter how hard I try.”
You will have to make changes to your story, at some point or another, that you might not want to ... This is just how the world works, for better or worse.
Just like last time, I’ve tried to stay away from the blatantly obvious here and instead give you some under-the-radar tips.
There’s no magic secret to success in Hollywood as a scribe. It all comes down to the same boring, monotonous tasks that everyone knows they should do but nobody wants to.
Look, I’m not going to stand here and tell you that this has never happened in the history of showbusiness. But these instances get so blown out of proportion that it creates a false narrative.
We all have them. That little thing that most people don’t even notice, but annoys the absolute hell out of us.
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