Our reader, Jimmy Pearson of Minneapolis, MN asks:
I've got 3 scripts under my belt. How can I get someone to read my work?
Professor Richard Walter, longtime Screenwriting Chairman of the
legendary UCLA Film School, answers:
Writers never stop asking me how they can get read by agents, managers and producers. My response is always the same. You "merely" need to have something WORTHY of an Industry Insider's time and attention. They aren't inaccessible. Writers want to continue to think they are, though. That's how they can blame Hollywood, rather than their own work, for why they're not getting read. Writers must take the time, and the proper care, to write a script that stands out.
So number one biggest mistake: Writers show their work much too early - before it's ready.
The 2nd biggest mistake a writer makes is they write way too much. The scenes run too long. The dialogue runs too long. And the page count is too high. Today's scripts are short, just over one hundred pages. Cut your scenes and scripts down, until each scene moves the story forward, and further expands character.
Getting read is easy. Writing a worthy property is not.