Selling Your Script – Moving to Hollywood?

I understand that for most people, moving to Hollywood simply isn’t an option (especially in this economy), so in the meantime, the next strategy that we can undertake is to build up relationships via e-mail, with up-and-coming writers and directors in the industry. So now we come to a very important question: how do you find these up-and-comers if they aren’t famous yet?

This is where we come back to something that I’ve mentioned, time and time again, is a good idea — go to the movies. Seriously, start watching smaller independent films, or maybe you’re a music video person, and taking notes about who the person who directed it is, especially if you think that they have a visual style that will strongly complement your writing. If you’re a writer who is passionate about selling your script, but who never plans on directing a single second of one of their scripts, this will be especially important to you, as you’ll want to build up a partnership that lasts a while with that director, as trust is hard to build, and doubly so in this industry.

Up-and-coming actors are also people who you want to keep an eye out for in terms of selling your script. To begin with, I would try to watch independent films that are in the same genre as the one that you are most comfortable writing in. If you’re not a genre-specific writer, or if you’re in need of a solid actress specifically, and this may sound strange, but hear me out, try watching some low-budget horror movies. A lot of times, decent to more than moderately talented actors will take on parts in those kinds of films because they, simply put, need the money. Keep an eye out for the ones who turn in great performances in spite of bad scripts — those are the ones who want to work, and because of that, they’ll probably continue to do so.

Think of it this way — if you’re watching a movie and you notice someone’s performance standing out to you, what’s to say that a producer who works on larger projects won’t see the same thing? This is also another way the Internet can be very helpful to your cause of selling your script. Blogs, trailers, film reviews are key because if someone is about to break out in a big way in their career, you’re going to hear about it on the internet first, trust me. There are too many blogs and review sites for me to list here, obviously, but do your homework and find the ones that cover people who are new to the industry — if social media is buzzing about it, it’s at least worth checking out.