Hey there readers, it’s Amy. Before you read this post, I just want to let you know that my outlook on the current state of the industry has changed, and I can’t in good conscience continue to advocate for the assistant path for writers. It’s part COVID, part an inherent sense of classism in the industry. For more, read my new blog post here about my advice for new grads and why I think writers shouldn’t go the assistant path anymore. I’m keeping these posts up just in case you disagree with me and still want to go this path, but I just wanted to be fully transparent and give you the best advice I know how.
The other day I was lucky enough to return to USC and speak on a panel at the film school about how to survive senior exit programs like First Pitch and the realities of the post-grad world.
As someone who is just a year out of school and have found employment in the industry as still making time to write while at my agency job, I’m qualified to Pretend to Know What I’m Doing (TM).
So here’s a short guide on how to overcome the struggles of learning how to adult as a writer in post-grad life: from expanding your culinary know-how beyond three flavors of ramen to finding some sort of deeper happiness in the chaos of surviving in Los Angeles while pursuing more creative endeavors. [Read more…]