Screenwriters are always being told what they should say in Hollywood pitch meetings, meet and greets, and query letters. While there is a plethora of excellent advice in that respect, it’s what screenwriters shouldn’t say that really makes or breaks those first impressions.
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Having never worked in one before, yet alone having done an odd job, my expectations going into the job were vastly unrealistic. My orientation included a collection of “This is a very dynamic environment with so many friendly faces that lift you up,” and “We have this amazing lounge with three foosball tables, two pool tables, arcade games, and free wifi!” and the classic “We are expanding right now, so there is a ton of potential for you to grow within the company.”
My time kicking through the slush pile has taught me this: people are crazy and people are determined. I cannot imagine the amount of dedication and beautiful delusion it takes to write five hundred pages about a woman who must choose between a jazz musician and an eccentric LES artist.