For all of you who don’t know, I’m on a journey to becoming a professional screenwriter.
(Read: I’ve given up the right to earn any sort of sustained, reliable salary)
On this journey, I’ve realized that becoming a writer is much like being welcomed into the mafia.
Think about it.
- To be a “real” writer, you have to be accepted into the Writer’s Guild of America. To become a “real” criminal, you at least have to be accepted into your local street gang.
- To get any job not requiring you to deliver coffee in the film industry, you have to have some sort of street cred in the form of published short stories, won contests, or millions and millions of dollars. In the mafia, you have to rack up murders to win points.
- In the mafia, it’s all about protecting the family. In the screenwriting industry, you look out for people in your “family”. (AKA the people you went to film school with/follow on Twitter)
- In the mafia, it’s all about who you know and staying alive. Same with Hollywood.
I’m just going to end this metaphor before things get out of hand.
Besides, it’s November! There’s about as much time to procrastinate during November as there is room in a spacecraft for three African elephants.