Screenwriter, producer, and director Robert Jury climbed the ladder in Hollywood through hard work and determination. He’s done the LA thing, and he’s also been successful as a writer living in his current home of Iowa City, Iowa. Over the course of a couple of decades, Jury learned that there’s no substitution for perseverance and passion. So, we loved his answer when we posed the question so many aspiring writers ask, “Is it hard to be a screenwriter?”
Jury started his career as a script reader, interned at Warner Bros. Pictures and worked for Touchstone Pictures Company.
Through that process, Jury said he discovered that he had a passion for writing.
‘Working Man,’Jury’s latest film, is the culmination of a decade long project. The story follows a factory worker who continues going to his job every day, despite the factory being shut down. But Jury added,
Between rejected scripts piling up in a corner somewhere, and new projects that take years to come to fruition, the screenwriter’s path to success often sounds daunting, or even impossible. But how hard is it to become a screenwriter? Is it worth the screenwriter salary? We asked Jury for an honest answer.
It was encouraging to hear Jury say this because it seems writers mostly hear about how hard it is to pursue this dream, how they should consider other options, and what the odds are of becoming a screenwriter. But perhaps, other jobs that are ultimately fulfilling are also just as difficult. So why give up on your screenwriting dreams?
SoCreate will make screenwriting a reality for more people around the globe. Maybe it will also make the profession more appealing and easier to pursue. Until then, I’d encourage you to go for it, just like Jury says.
Writing is worth it,