Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Never give up... on anything... ever!

This really shouldn't need saying but you would be amazed at how many people simply walk away from something when it doesn't work out, either because they are disgruntled with the way things ended or they simply can't be bothered to stay in touch. In the last couple of years there have been two feature projects I was due to write, that for one reason or another didn't go forward. I may have initially been disappointed they didn't work out but I made sure I kept in touch with the producers and director concerned. And it paid off. Both projects have been given a new lease of life and I'm back on board as the writer.

There are many reasons why a project doesn't go anywhere, it's frustrating for sure, but what you can't afford to do is simply walk away and forget about it. Stay in touch with the producers/directors. Occasionally ask them what's happening with the project; don't bombard them every week though, once every month, or couple of months is fine. If you show an interest, even if they eventually go with another writer, they will still remember you for your interest and enthusiasm.

I can't say this often enough; the more chances you make for yourself the more chance there is of one, or more of them paying off. If you don't take a chance how are you going to get anywhere? And it's always better to have too much work than to have none at all.

So remember to stay in touch, you never know when a project that looked dead in the water might resurrect itself.

1 comment:

Ken Smith said...

Yep, you never know what's around the corner.