Film Courage: What are your thoughts on an artist quitting their day job to pursue the “Dream of Hollywood?”
Writer/Instructor and Script Consultant Shannan E. Johnson (The Professional Pen): Be prepared. Having savings account. Do Not Quit Until You Have A Savings Account!
However, what a lot of people don’t know about Los Angeles it’s not the kind of place that unless you’re in an industry that can transfer your job like literally. Some people can…Well I’m working in the Indianapolis office and I’ll just ask them to transfer me to the Los Angeles office. That’s not in every industry but in some industries that exists. If you can do that do that instead of quitting your job. Get transferred to that office or if you have a skill like let’s say you’re a paramedic…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
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After grad school I became a junior creative executive at NBCUniversal at the Syfy Channel. I was there for the rebrand. Remember Sci Fi? Yeah, not really. Anywho, it was my job to help writers and producers take their ideas from pitch to production. I co-exec’d on Alphas, Being Human, Haven, Sanctuary, Warehouse 13, and more Syfy dramedies. This is how I honed my skill in all stages of the screenwriting process…(read more here).
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NeedleMarks is a thought-provoking short film written, directed, and edited by artist/filmmaker Jordan Lee. The film’s protagonist Ruby’s past has come back to haunt her. Up until now, she’s managed to distance herself from her partner in crime, but he won’t be locked up for long. It’s up to Ruby to determine whether this toxic relationship will live on. Watch it for FREE on Youtube here.
Varnel explores the black male experience from the perspective of Varnel Hill who is an aspiring actor working in corporate America trying to get out to pursue his dream as an actor. Varnel is in his early 30’s and works as a mail clerk at a marketing firm. Varnel spends most of his days daydreaming about quitting his job, trying to get his ex-Sydney back (and dating), and hanging out with his best friends Tommy and Bilal. Watch it for FREE on Youtube here.