Two industry professionals, Yvonne Grace, Television Drama Producer, Writer and Trainer and Catharine Ashdown, Writer and Script Editor (for film, TV and theatre) shared their recommendations on how to get a foothold in the industry.
Yvonne Grace’s tips
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Top of Yvonne’s list is to create a body of work. She also recommends using social networking to build up contacts. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and tumblr are helpful, as are industry-specific blogs.
Yvonne cites the importance of having an original voice as well as the full skills base (understanding of script layout, knowledge of ‘characterisation, dialogue, plot, subtext, visual imagery, pace and story line’). Writers need to be true to themselves. The energy which you commit to the page transfers itself to the reader. Clarity should be foremost: ‘Have something to say,” she advises, ‘and say it as clearly as you can’.
Catharine Ashdown’s tips
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Catharine works in drama development across TV, film and theatre but her break came from a temp role at the BBC where she showed a producer sher work. The outcome: a job reading scripts. Continue reading Advice from Industry Professionals