True or false? If you’re a new writer looking to break into the business, the best way to attract an agent or manager is to write something with the best possible chance of selling in today’s market.
If you answered “true,” you might be making a very common mistake.
Most of the agents and managers that I bring into my UCLA classes tell my students that they often sign new clients off of scripts that they are reasonably sure they can’t sell. I understand this might sound counter-intuitive given that agents and managers are generally in the business of making money. But once you understand the current realities of the marketplace, this position makes total sense.
The best way to get an agent or manager isn’t to try and chase the marketplace, but rather to write a pitch-perfect authentic script. I’ve seen a growing number of students and clients launch their careers with exactly this kind of a script.
In my recent guest spot on Pilar Alessandra’s On the Page podcast, I explained what a pitch-perfect authentic script is, and how to go about writing one. I also gave some specific advice on effective strategies for breaking into the business.