The Literary Drover No. 3608

Storytellers, take note:

The Literary Drover No. 516

(An upcoming writing project involves screenwriting, so the following was deemed appropriate.)

As media changes because of new technologies more and more people are attracted to the opportunities that result. While such passion and enthusiasm are appropriate it is also appropriate to understand the reality of the situation.

Insights provided by those in the relevant industries can help in the matter: “If you’ve got craft, you got game. If you got game, you can write your way in and out of anything. Writing is the best gig in the whole business, as far as I’m concerned. It’s the only job where you don’t have to wait for someone to tell you what to do. You just sit down and make stuff up.”

– Robert Mark Kamen, Karate Kid, The Fifth Element, Taken

The Literary Drover No. 504

A recent experience involving an employee of one of the top five talent agencies in Hollywood has led to a certain and undeniable conclusion: Bigger is not better. Bigger does not mean quality. Bigger does not equate to or euphemistically ensure professionalism or competency.

I will not bore you with the sordid details of this experience. Instead, allow me to offer some advice: If you want to succeed as a Writer or a screenwriter pursue the services of an agent who wants to genuinely work on your behalf. That may mean an agent who works for a smaller talent agency and not a high-paid bubblehead who gets lost in CostCo on a regular basis.