Thursday, February 01, 2007

How To Give 'Good Meeting'

Clean? Check.
Sober? Check
Pitch perfect? Check
Up to speed on the previous work of the producer/exec? Check.

The rest is down to you not saying anything stupid. Clean is very important. No one wants to work with a stinky writer.

Of course it helps if you have some amusing anecdotes, because if this is a first meeting the inevitable question will be ''Why did you get into writing?'' I've already overused ' I wanted a step up from playing piano in a Brothel.' so that one's out, but you get the idea.

''Dunno really'', or ''I've just always liked writing'' may be true but are hardly memorable. And that's what you have to do in whatever short space of time has been granted to you. Be memorable for all the right reasons. Talent is a gimmee. You wouldn't be having the meeting in the first place if you didn't have talent. Don't rely on talent.

Because you could well be the third or fourth 'talented' writer they've seen that day. And if you're up for a gig or pushing your own project then you better believe it that those writers before you were working their asses off to make a good impression. Because that impression can be the difference between YES and NO.


Personable? Check
Enthusiastic? Check
Amusing? Check


Phillip Barron said...

How did you get into writing?

I've always been good at telling stories, ever since I was a kid. Back then, of course, we called it lying.

I learnt pretty quickly if you write the lies down, you get paid for it! Instead of getting spanked.

Now, of course, I have to pay other people to spank me, so it's not all good.

English Dave said...

lol Phil

I may steal that.

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