# The Business of Art

A not-boring (we swear!) exploration of strategies, procedures, and how learning from other professions can support creative pursuits.

The Road to Publication

The Road to Publication

As a debut author, I didn’t know what to expect. Hopefully my road leading to publication will help readers who are on a similar journey, or who will be soon.

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4 min read

Where Have All the Good Movies Gone?

Where Have All the Good Movies Gone?

What happened? Where did all the good movies go? And most crucially, why have our viewing habits changed so much?

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4 min read

Lighting the Bulb: The Power of "Proof of Concept"

Lighting the Bulb: The Power of "Proof of Concept"

Before you build a dam or put up power lines, make sure the core filament in your idea bulb actually works. And how do you do that? Proof of concept.

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7 min read

Based On: Tracking Down Film and Television Rights

Based On: Tracking Down Film and Television Rights

Hollywood is deep in the throes of capitalist puppy-love with pre-existing intellectual property. But how do you get the underlying rights?

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5 min read

From Script to Novel to Trilogy

From Script to Novel to Trilogy

This process is frustrating, agonizing, soul-crushing, but also rewarding, exciting, and I cannot imagine doing anything else.

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11 min read

Can We All Calm Down with the Series Bible?

Can We All Calm Down with the Series Bible?

I remember projects where the writers excitedly discuss their stories. Joy, heartache, and love of the story make all the difference.

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7 min read

What Do Agents and Managers Do Anyway?

What Do Agents and Managers Do Anyway?

You’ve just signed your entire career over to a complete stranger. Whether you succeed or not in your chosen field is completely up to someone who you’ve known for about sixty minutes. What have you just done?

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7 min read

Supplemental Content Ideas So Marketing Your Film is Less Boring

Supplemental Content Ideas So Marketing Your Film is Less Boring

As indie creators, we have neither the past notoriety, the platform, or the money to rely on classic marketing styles, so we have to get more creative.

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5 min read

Do You Really Want Feedback ... or Validation?

Do You Really Want Feedback ... or Validation?

“Other people told me my script was good, so you should like it, too.” This is honestly one of the most naïve notions I’ve ever heard.

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8 min read

I Don't Get the Hate for Contests

I Don't Get the Hate for Contests

I’ll say it again because it’s worth repeating—put as many lightning rods in the ground as you can.

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6 min read

Mistakes I Made that Hurt My Writing Career & How to Avoid Them

Mistakes I Made that Hurt My Writing Career & How to Avoid Them

I was so focused on selling and too green to know myself that I ended up losing myself in the process.

# Read # Breaking In # The Business of Art
4 min read

Q&A: Do I Have to Live in L.A.?

Q&A: Do I Have to Live in L.A.?

There’s an energy to riffing off other writers and navigating a narrative together that has the potential to produce something great.

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2 min read

Anatomy of a Great Pitch

Anatomy of a Great Pitch

You stand at the front of the room and begin talking. You lay out a brief overview, a bunch of plot points, dozens of characters, etc. You’re right in the thick of your spiel when you notice something alarming.

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8 min read

Publishing Part 2: A New Option and the Subtle Art of Having Fun

Publishing Part 2: A New Option and the Subtle Art of Having Fun

Was there money in it? No. But there was that other thing, possibility, which over time, can end up being worth a whole lot more.

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9 min read

How to Develop and Maintain a Positive Creative Partnership

How to Develop and Maintain a Positive Creative Partnership

If you cannot effectively or efficiently communicate, every part of the creative process will take twice as long and be ten times as frustrating as it needs to.

# Read # The Business of Art # The Creative Mind
5 min read
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