Take it from someone who’s written some of the most successful television shows of all time: there are a few surefire ways to succeed and infinitely many more ways to fail in show business. Luckily for you, veteran TV writer Ross Brown is more than willing to share his secrets to the business of screenwriting. In fact, he does it almost every day for his students at Antioch University Santa Barbara, where he’s the program director of the MFA program for writing and contemporary media.
You may recognize Ross’s name from the writing and producing credits on TV hits, including “The Cosby Show,” “The Facts of Life,” “Who’s the Boss?” and “Step by Step.” These days, though, he gives back by teaching aspiring writers everything they need to know to make it.
“In terms of the business angle of starting out as a screenwriter and breaking in, I think you have to think of yourself as a professional. Have a card that presents yourself that way. Have a website.”
But if you want to be a screenwriter, specifically, you’ll need to take a few extra steps that could be the determining factor in your success, he explained.
And that’s not the only benefit to filming.
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Time to dust off that camera,