Looking at Leaving

10 Apr

“Thing is, right now you got ability. But your days are about over. See, painful as it may be, ability don’t last. Now that’s a hard motherfuckin’ fact of life, but it’s a fact of life your ass is gonna hafta get realistic about. This business is filled to the brim with unrealistic motherfuckers who thought their ass aged like wine.”

 

                                         Pulp Fiction

                                  Quentin Tarantino

Michael and I had a war council about our need for an agent. In Michael’s words, “We took a long dogleg.”

We’ve been allying ourselves with people who have their own agendas and no financial imperative to see us succeed. Agents get paid when their clients get paid. We need an agent to set up meetings with people who get movies made – or at the very least, into development. Michael and I weren’t born yesterday – we know how the system operates. We were hoping we’d make a sale or get a deal written up in the trades and then get an agent. That’s proved more elusive than we thought. So now we have to look for a referral, or continue to hold on until the moment when we attract some attention. One thing for sure, we’re done partnering with would-be producers with no clout.

If we do get an agent, I’ll have to move out to Los Angeles within weeks. A writing team has to attend meetings as a unit and Michael and I will probably have to sit through a lot of “meet-and-greets” before we snare something real. I should also be there to daily nudge a script along, from beat sheet to final draft. That can best be done sitting across from Michael for as long as it takes – every day if necessary.

Ann may not like my moving to California, and I’m pretty sure she’s in no mood to join me. She has deeper roots in the community here, deeper friendships and a stake in the local art scene. If I’m making enough money to keep us afloat from screenwriting I’ll pack up the car and head west. Then, if I’m making real money – life-changing sums of money – we’ll see if Ann is ready to pull up stakes and give Southern California a chance.

(2004)

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One Response to “Looking at Leaving”

  1. Joe Pineda April 10, 2012 at 11:48 pm #

    It’s important to have an enterprising attitude about writing. Once the words are committed to paper, everything resides on hustling and going out there to get what you’re worth. Very well thought out and written.

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