Hot on the heels of the last two posts that considered the benefits of producing your own script with respect to TV, today I’d like to explore how the creative decision to produce can have a positive affect on health and well-being. But first…
…unlike other occupations in which the outcome of our labour and hard graft is instant, this unfortunately is not the experience for the majority of unproduced writers. While the teacher will be paid for helping the children in class, staff in a store will be complimented by the grateful customer, the lecturer will take a bow at the end of an insightful seminar and the taxi driver who takes him/her home will be paid and (hopefully) receive a generous tip, most writers do not experience these positive encouragements. Indeed, while many occupations in the world result in gratitude, encouragement and acclamation, the majority of writers do not experience this, not because their work is undeserving but because it is yet unseen – and here we touch upon the knotty world of gatekeepers and the writer’s quest to find a way around them so that their script can be placed in front of the person who can make it into a film, novel, televison series, play, etc.
Unfortunately, the sad reality is that most writers discover too late that becoming a produced writer is much harder than they imagined. So what’s the answer?
Write a play and set about putting it on at a theatre! Gather creatives around you and make a short film! Buy the Stop-motion app to create an animation film by manipulating plastercine models on your mobile phone, etc…The opportunities are endless but what is really needed is:
a changed mindset that breaks out of the cycle of continuous writing (which is going nowhere) and into producing your own body of work.
In short, sidestep the gatekeeper by taking it from the page and placing it in front of a live audience – be that theatre, web or screen or whatever. Only as we do this and others gain access to our work will we (ourselves) start to become more fulfilled, positive and confident in our writing ability as it brings other opportunities our way.
Until next week…
PS At the risk of sounding like I’m blowing my own trumpet – 2019 is the year I took the decision to put on two of my plays at a theatre in West London – one, a comedy, the other a drama (flyer above image). Both were well received and resulted in me being offered other opportunities from a filmmaker and a producer from Sky who both requested my script and who I’ve met with since . I also made/directed a short film for the Impact 50 and have another couple of plays planned for next year, a TV format for the producer and as many of my own short films as I can manage. I will also direct a friend’s play in 2020 and continue to write having recently sent a couple of scripts in for competitions. It can be done but it all starts with the decision to produce!!!!!!!!!!!!!