When you think of a studio executive, what comes to mind? Before interviewing as many writers as I have now, my vision of an executive was someone who was cutthroat, ruthless in their opinions of your creative work, and steadfast in their demands for revisions. Maybe I've seen too many movies because Disney writer Ricky Roxburgh says it's just not that way.
Ricky works with studio and creative executives on the daily while he writes hugely popular animated television shows such as "Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure," "Big Hero 6: The Series," and "Mickey Mouse" shorts. He described to us what the relationship between creatives and executives really looks like.
Remember that writing is always a creative process, so don't be precious about your work. Everyone is there to make the best show or movie possible. It's not personal.
While part of their job is to indeed help, a studio executive's technical definition lumps many tasks together. They can be higher up in the C-suite, such as a chief executive office, a chief financial officer, or someone overseeing production; or, they can be closer to the end product and be responsible for reading scripts, finding source material for screenplays, giving feedback on story direction, and more.
Learning to collaborate with executives and implement their notes and feedback will be crucial to your success in an ongoing writing role.
So, those big-time execs aren't so scary, after all, screenwriter. There's one less thing to be intimidated about in what can be a very intimidating industry. The more you know about the entertainment business and how it works, the better your chances of breaking in.
You'll also need lots of scripts to land an ongoing writing job, though, so if you lack in that department, then it's time to get writing! SoCreate Screenwriting Software can help you do it. We're launching soon, so make sure you're on the private beta list to be one of the first to try it.
Now, get to work!