Write What You Know? Bite Me!!

Write What You Know - Bite Me!

“Write what you know.”  Writers hear it over and over and over again. And if you’re a new writer it’s probably the most frustrating thing you’ll ever hear.

Write what you know implies that you have to be living or have lived a spectacularly exciting, tragic or privileged life.  Write what you know implies that if you aren’t a mass murderer (Silence of the Lambs) , a swash buckling billionaire (Ironman) or a hooker with a heart of gold (Pretty Woman) that you aren’t capable of writing a compelling screenplay.

Let me suggest to you to instead WRITE THE FEELINGS YOU KNOW!

Have you ever known real disappointment, love, jealously or crippling fear? These are the feeling that will unearth the story that lies with in you.  

Can you remember your teenage years where you felt misunderstood and isolated? That could be Napoleon Dynamite or Carrie or American Pie.

Looking for love in your life? That could be 40 Year Old Virgin, Bridget Jones Diary or 500 Days of Summer.

Ever felt like a stranger adjusting to new surroundings? That could be E.T. or Shawshank Redemption or Austin Powers.

Think about your favorite movies and remember what emotions were brought up when you saw them. THAT IS WHAT WE WRITE!!

What emotions do you want to explore? Share them with me and I’ll give you some examples.

Happy Writing!!


Lessons From The NBC Diversity Project.

I have many gigs. I am a wife and mom,  sister, actor, teacher, coach, director, PTA secretary, chief creative officer and entrepreneur. I am retiring from the PTA BUT I still want to be on the communication committee at PS 51 in Manhattan so I can do the new website.  But I digress.  Of all of these jobs sometimes one takes over my life more than the others.  Lately this job has been acting coach.  Specifically coaching the network diversity showcase auditions.

If my memory serves me correctly back in the late 80's  because of the lack of minorities on network television the Federal Communications Committee aka the FCC and other organizations such as the Walter Kaitz Foundation and the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council lobbied together and forced the networks to create showcases and opportunities for minority actors. This is where the Diversecity Projects from ABC, NBC and CBS came from. They also have diversity projects for people on the other side of the camera as well.  Personally, I love any and all opportunities  I don't care where they come from.  

Doing this new player's choice class for the actor. On-going so you can join any month. 

In the past couple of weeks I have been helping many actors prepare to submit for these various network diversity projects. This has given me the privilege to see many actors do the same material. I learned a lot. Tanesha Marie Gary and Russell Jordan were two of my favorite auditions because they were truthful and were able to be LetterPerfect with the dialogue while keeping it real high-stakes and being themselves.

Here's a sneak peek of their auditions. Also I recorded an iRozapp that is more detail about the process so check it out on iRozapp