I’ll try to tackle just a few of the basic questions you might have about my plan to relocate to LA. For this specific post, let’s just address the broad questions that everyone seems to have. Some of you have probably already heard a bunch of these answers, but keep reading anyway. It’s not like you have something better to do with your time.
1). Why LA?
Whenever I get this question, it’s accompanied by a disgusted look on the asker’s face. What that person is really asking is, “Why would you move to a city that’s best known for its traffic problems and the fake, superficial, self-centered bastards who live there?” Good question. And those who know me well could also add in, “Why are you moving to a city you’ve never even been to?” Again, great question. The answer is because I want to be a writer in the entertainment industry. Look, if my passion in life was to be a woodworker in Santa’s workshop, I’d be moving to the North Pole. And if my passion was taffy-making, I’d be on my way to York Beach, Maine. If those are your passions, you need to be in the places where you’ll have the best chance to get your foot in the door (as a side note, being a woodworker for Santa and being a taffy maker were my 2 passions up until the age of 16). With entertainment, LA is where I need to be.
2). What makes you think you can succeed in the entertainment industry?
Well, you’re reading this blog right now, aren’t you? Also, I think I’m a natural born storyteller. I remember being picked for the role of “narrator” when my fifth grade class performed Aladdin…though in hindsight that might have been because when I tried out for the role of Aladdin, I kept getting a boner every time Princess Jasmine talked to me. And I also remember a priest at Church telling me I should be a lector (I think that means someone who reads the Bible stories during Mass) because I had storytelling talent…thinking back to that now, there’s a 100% chance he was just saying that so I’d let him take a closer look at what Princess Jasmine did not want to look at.
(Side Note: Have you seen the shit that gets made into TV shows or movies these days? C’mon, this is gonna be a piece of cake.)
3). What specifically do you want to do in entertainment?
Writing scripts for porn seems to be my calling, but I’m wide open to any type of writing that’s considered entertainment. No, really it’s all about comedy writing for me. Right now that makes me think script writing for TV or movies, as well as sketch comedy…think SNL, the late night talk shows, Daily Show, etc. But if someone wanted to pay me to write quasi-funny blog posts, that would be cool too.
4). OK, script writing. Do you have any experience whatsoever doing that?
Depends on your definition of the word “experience.” If experience to you means writing a couple of TV scripts more than two years ago, and then doing nothing more since, then yes, I have a TON of experience. I also took an online class two years ago through the Gotham Writers’ Workshop that tried to teach me how to write a funny TV script. I even got a group of friends together to do a table reading of my script. I realized the script was no good when my drunk buddy drawing fake abs on himself with a marker got bigger laughs than any part of my story. So no, I don’t have a ton of experience writing and completing scripts, but man, if you could only see my Google Docs account with all of my brilliant ideas…
5). Why not continue writing in your free time in San Francisco so you can keep a full time job?
That would make sense, wouldn’t it? Rather than go to LA with no job and no experience, maybe I should have waited until I could complete a few more scripts in my free time. The problem is I’m just not wired that way. I can’t stare at a computer screen for 45-50 hours a week at my job and then come home and write until I go to bed. The reason I was able to complete two scripts in 2010 is because I was unemployed during that time. In the two years since then while having a full time job, I’ve written no scripts. I’ve launched three different blogs with varying degrees of failure, but I really haven’t put enough time into writing. I actually just counted the number of books on my bookshelf where screenwriting is the primary topic…I have 18 of them. It’s time to stop reading books, stop writing down the next great idea, and just write. Write until enough people tell me I’m horrible or until I’m on the verge of homelessness.
6). When did you know you were going to make this move?
I think it all began when I was about 12 years old and tried to watch the movie Fantasia. I thought, “You gotta be fucking kidding me…a whole movie with Mickey Mouse and no sound? This isn’t entertainment. I need to fix this industry.”
More recently I’m pretty sure I knew during those unemployed days of 2010 that I eventually had to give this a try. I would have done it right then, but I was out of money after screwing around for four months in Europe and Australia. But if you’re asking when did I specifically know that I would be making this move in June 2012, then I’d have to say it came on November 3rd, 2011. I know it was that date because it says so in my diary. And that was the day I had jury duty. I remember sitting in that courtroom praying that I’d get picked to be on the jury for a six-day trial so I wouldn’t have to go to work. That’s when it all came together. Why would I stay at a job that makes me want to be at jury duty instead of working? After that it was simply a matter of calculating how many more months I’d need to work to save up the right amount of money for my journey.
7). Is there anything you wouldn’t do to break into the industry?
Blowjobs. Handjobs, yes; blowjobs, no.
Well that’s all the time we have today. I hope you all learned something, and I’ll be back with more next week.