As many of you will know, I am currently on a mission to help writers (myself included) find alternative ways of getting their work noticed by those who have the potential to read and develop it. My thinking being that no matter how great the script is, it’s still really hard getting it produced – which means, all of us have to find other ways of meeting people who we can impress with our masterpieces.
A year or so ago, I heard a podcast in which a producer when questioned about how he went about selecting writers to invest in, explained that he always asked the writer (seeking to be produced) if they had ever put money into any of their own projects? He went on to say that most of them answered ‘no, they hadn’t’ to which his retort was: ‘Well, if you’re not willing to invest in your projects, why should I put my money into it?
Now, I know not all of us have large sums of money to invest in our projects to stage that play or make a short film but I do think there is a kernal of truth in the producer’s observation. My response to it was to produce one of my plays at a review theatre – not just so that I’d be able to answer any producer who asked that question in the future but also to show that I was a person who could be depended upon to get things made. And if you follow my line of thinking, that might not involve huge amounts of money so much as time and effort learning how to film or make a podcast or stop-animation or whatever. Or just helping others or calling in favours from those who possess the skills that can help you get something made. Til next week…