Advice To A Screenwriter Who Doesn’t Have An Agent Or Manager by Mark Heidelberger

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Film Courage: What would you recommend to a screenwriter who doesn’t have an agent manager or producer to guide them?

Mark Heidelberger, producer: So yeah…presuming that they are up and coming, I think getting an agent or a manager (not both) when you are starting off is a great avenue because you really need an advocate because a lot of writers are not necessarily good at pitching themselves. And even if you are, there is something that just comes off pretentious and arrogant about talking about how great your work is. I mean, you do the writing, let them do the talking.

So I do think a good agent or a manager, I just don’t think your career is big enough, even big writers don’t often need both.

But an advocate to go out and push for you is always worthwhile. So assuming you don’t know anybody, I think a good way to get to an agent or manager (a few good ways) 1. Networking (obviously) but not necessarily directly with agents or managers, as you get to know more people in this industry whether it’s producers, DP’s, actors, whoever, you start meeting other people who are represented. And a good way to get in with agents or managers (even better than just meeting them at the party and saying “Hey, look! I’m a writer. Can you take a look at my stuff?”) is knowing somebody who already knows them is often times a better way…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

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