Harsh Advice For Anyone Who Wants To Be A Writer – Guido Segal

Guido Segal, Screenwriter, Journalist, Film Critic, Instructor: The truth is over the years I keep doing it and the fact that I keep going back to it means that I actually care.

Film Courage: Guido you have a quote on your Facebook I think from an interview that you did and the quote begins with “Make sure you want it?” 

Guido: Yes. 

Film Courage: I’m wondering can I continue? I’ll let you know more of what you said here if you want me to remind you? It’s “Trust your own talent and the singularity of your own voice. Be careful who you listen to and if this is what you want, don’t get easily discouraged.” What does that mean “Make sure you want it,” that’s fascinating. 

Guido: I know a lot of talented people, talented writers, talented artists in general, but talent is only a part of the equation. I feel like in this medium it’s so competitive and so tough and it’s so hard to get people to care. Your talent can only get you so far. It’s important by the way, you don’t have to be talented. I feel like persistence (and I’m not saying anything new here) but persistence is so much more important or as important as talent. Creativity I feel like you can develop it. You don’t have to be born creative. You can nurture it. But there’s a part of you that has to hustle. You can’t fake it if you don’t want it and…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

 
 

BIO:

Guido Segal was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Before moving to Los Angeles to pursue his  MFA in Screenwriting at UCLA, he was a journalist and a film critic, selected as a Juror at la Semaine de la Critique, during the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Segal has worked as a documentary filmmaker for History and Discovery Channel covering political topics (Asylum Seekers; Sicarios). He also has vast experience as an assistant director and screenwriter for films and TV. Segal co-wrote the Argentinian films Leones (2012) and Kékzsakállú (2016). He was also staffed as a TV writer in three shows: Un Año Para Recordar (2011-2012); La Asombrosa Excursión de Zamba (2014-2016); and Siesta Z (2016). The last two animated shows were nominated for International Emmy Awards in the Kids category. Segal has lived in Argentina, Spain and Finland, and taught Screenwriting and Film Analysis in Universidad del Cine (Buenos Aires), Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), TAMK University (Tampere, Finland) and UCLA.

 

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