Screenwriting is part writing, part networking, and part selling your story. An opportunity to pitch your screenplay may fall into your lap on a rare occasion, but most of the time, you’re going to have to work at it. There are a few things you can do to prepare either way. So, screenwriter Donald Hewitt is going to help you get ready!
Hewitt’s credits include the adapted screenplay for the Oscar-winning animated film “Spirited Away” and Oscar-nominated “Howl’s Moving Castle.” He’s worked as a screenwriter for 17 years and is currently a screenwriting coach and teacher at USC School of Cinematic Arts and UCLA. He’s also an admitted introvert and really had to work hard to get good at pitching himself and his stories.
There’s a lot to learn from someone who had to struggle through a challenge to reach success. For some writers, networking and pitching to strangers may come easy. But introverted or extroverted, there’s still a craft to pitching.
So, what’s Hewitt’s pitch strategy? How does he prepare for that golden opportunity?
And if pitching opportunities aren’t finding you, then find them.
Preparation is the key to success,