Saturday, May 10, 2008

Delusions of Grandeur

The first post of my new screenwriting blog. Because the universe desperately needs another blog about a developing TV writer. I tried to write a blog a few years ago but found it self-indulgent and somewhat useless - it was a personal blog, and I couldn't bring myself to write honestly about my own internal thoughts. So basically I was left with a dishonest journal, which is worth a penny covered in shit.

But over time I've become more and more obsessed with screenwriting. It takes up all my free time (and much non-free time... I may or may not be at work right now). My girlfriend is sick of me talking about it, though she's kind enough to pretend to care. And since I read screenwriting blogs every day, and maintain a constant internal monologue about the craft, I figure it could help to write it all down in the online community. So then, if I think something, and it's shit, I don't keep on thinking it. I've learned a lot from the screenwriting blogs I religiously read every day, and they aren't all pros either. It's good to know there are other people like me, pushing towards a dream that seems almost impossible at times. It's also good to know there are those that have plowed through, eye on the prize, and made it. Fortunately, my doubt is balanced out by intense delusions of grandeur.

To introduce myself: I recently graduated from the Radio and Television Arts program at Ryerson University in Toronto, and now I'm attempting to become a TV writer. I recently finished writing a spec of the show Heroes, and I've written an original episode of a single-camera sitcom series I created with some other people (it's the 5th episode, and since it's not the pilot I'm not entirely sure how useful it is to me). Right now I'm working on a Dexter spec, and once that's finished I'll start searching for an agent.

Outside of writing, I do freelance gigs (research, PA) in reality TV, and also have a day job that is completely outside the industry. The day job sometimes makes me feel like a douche and that I'm wasting my degree, but I know in order to be a writer I really only need to keep writing. Any job outside of writing for scripted TV is just a temporary pay cheque. Or so I tell myself six times a day.

So welcome to the ongoing saga of my quest to become a TV writer. At the least I'll waste some time while procrastinating on my current script.


Anonymous said...

Hey Trevor. Are you still planning on getting to L.A or are you keeping your mind set on Canada's industry?

Best of luck, fellow Torontonian.

Trevor said...

I definitely would eventually like to get to LA, but I don't want to completely rule out Canada's industry either. And since I can't just move to LA without a visa, a plan of action could be to break in here, and once I've got some experience and credibility writing in Canada, trying to make the move south.

And I mean who knows, maybe I break into Canada's industry and like it enough to stay. Denis, Alex and many others have.

So yeah this isn't LA, but Toronto is still an industry hub. At least we're not in Yellowknife!

Anonymous said...

Denis has some good posts about his experiences in the Canadian tv industry.
Here's one:

Trevor said...

Yeah it doesn't look promising. I mean ultimately LA seems like a smarter place to be, but we haven't gotten past the problem of being able to legally work there. So the only course of action I can really see is to get experience here, and continue to build my samples.

Although, I can see myself trying to get an agent in LA over the next year, and then going down to LA next staffing season and staying there for the whole thing. We can stay there for up to 3 months, we just can't work. I'd have to start saving for that.

And of course, if the Canadian TV industry is that sick, and I can't break in here, it will propel me down there faster. Because I'm going to be a TV writer. I can't not be.

Anonymous said...

That's the spirit! :P

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