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Tag Archive: Advice

May 05 2010

Advice for 2010 Grads Coming to LA; 15 things

The Bitter Script Reader posted some advice about how to survive to move to LA.  I tried to comment over there and it won’t let me, but this is what I said. 1) Get settled so that you’re as comfortable as possible — living out of boxes makes everything seem transient. Have roommates or whatever, …

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Feb 11 2010

20 good posts for a new blog on writing

I have a friend who is thinking about doing a weekly blog about writing for a newspaper.  She started IMing me because she wasn’t super confident about what she should write about or how someone went about doing a blog like for real people, not for like friends.  (Her example being that she couldn’t post …

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Nov 21 2009

Eddie Kritzer Cont’d

His response to my email: “Which incorrect blog are you talking about?” Boy does this say a lot.  I think he just saw my blog and sent me a blanket threatening e-mail that he sends all blogs that say bad things about him.  And there are quite a few*.  Which makes sense, since nothing in …

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Oct 22 2009

Photoshop Liquify Tool: Makes everything better

Seriously.  I could stare at this for hours.  I mean, I have to actually use the knowledge to fix my painting, but you know, it’s kind of cool that I can just fix it on the computer instead.  And make an awesome annoying animated gif, 1998 style.

Oct 18 2009

Nicholl: What I’ve learned so far; 15 and 16

What I’ve learned: You don’t break into the industry with a Mockumentary. People really enjoy reading them, but no one wants to make them or believes you can write based on them.  Which is weird because there’s a screenplay sitting there that they really enjoyed, but despite the success of The Office and Best in …

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Sep 26 2009

Lots of Twitter Visitors

Where are they coming from?  I obsess over the stats on this blog way too much.  Probably human nature. In other news, I went to the best restaurant, Panda Inn in Pasadena.  Yum. Go Into the Story’s Scott Myers answers a question I asked about how to turn a contest placement into an agent.

Sep 23 2009

Inktip Update; Logline published in Newsletter

I just received an e-mail from Inktip that impressed me quite a bit, mostly because I’m always surprised that there are people making sure the website is running the way it should. Subject: Regarding ‘Bible Con’ Dear Ashley, Your script was chosen to be published in yesterday’s industry newsletter, along with six other loglines. This …

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Sep 20 2009

Advice: How not to Audition; 18 things Actors shouldn’t do

I acted as Casting Director for the Thesis Films my last year of grad school and experienced the scariest audition ever. I would like to share the story, as a warning to other actors. Do not behave like this. Ever. We called this actress, MKS, like 2 weeks before we landed in LA. She’d sent …

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Sep 11 2009

8 things not to do in rejection letters

It frequently happens that you get rejected in this business.  9 times out of 10 the rejection comes in the form of no response.  Occasionally, it comes in really patronizing, mean, or embarrassing e-mails.  So, if you ever have to write a rejection letter, here are 8 pieces of advice. 1. Do get the name …

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