Bob’s secret find of the week?

March 11, 2020
Bob Eckhard

Hi all,

Apologies for those looking for the final film poem post. I still have a bit of work to do on mine as busy writing at the moment. It will appear on here soon – just not this week!

Instead, what I’d like to talk about is that which is the scourge of most writers and their least favourite thing to do  – I refer of course to the act of putting down the pen, leaving home, travelling to a specified location and making friends with other creatives: some of which you will be able to help; others who will be able to help you.

I refer of course to the dreaded ‘n’ word – yes:  ‘networking’ which most writers avoid yet it is just as important as the writing process and should command as much of our time (if not more). Why? Because if we want our TV idea or screenplay masterpiece to get read and commissioned, we need to be proactive in this proces!

As some of you will know, I try to attend different networking events most months. Everything from BECTU ‘meet and greet’ to a BFI showcase, BAFTA Rocliffe events…and most recently a Royal Television Society showing of ITV’s ‘Liar’ (series 2) with a Q&A with Two Brothers afterwards.

Now, don’t ask me how the email appeared in my box inviting me to attend the premiere – possibly related to a Horrible History event I went to a year ago and loved – but suddenly I was paying for my non-member ticket of £10…….. …but not next time! (read on!)

Aside from the free drink and making friends with an actor and others on the night, my BIGGEST TAKEAWAY from this was that for £65 a year, I can have annual membership of RTS, attend events and mingle with the best of them for little over a fiver a month. And RTS are not just in London but all around the country so do check them out by clicking here

Okay, now you know I expect to see you at an event real soon. In fact, let me know if you’re London based and going and we can keep an eye out for one another.

Til next time, be the network!


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