No One Cares (as much as you do)
Written by
Laura Brennan
April 2012
Written by
Laura Brennan
April 2012

I once took an amazing, month-long class on how to move your career forward.  It was in LA and most of the participants were in the entertainment industry.  Needless to say, the subject of agents came up.  Everyone wanted an agent - c'mon, who wouldn't?  Someone to champion you, get you in the door, build your career...  I want one, too.  But without knocking agents, the instructors quickly brought us to our senses.  We are in charge of our careers, not agents.  We are 100% responsible for our careers.

How much was that?



It's not like there are feral agents, out in the wild, ready to care desperately about us.  We have to make them care.  Which means that in addition to being 100% responsible for making anything happen in our career, we are also 100% responsible for getting the people who can help us so fired up about our project that they actually will scale castle walls for us.  I'm exhausted just thinking about it.

I was reminded of the lesson last week.  An acquaintance informed me the next thing on her to-do list was to find someone who believed in her project as much as she did and would do whatever it took to make it happen.

That was next on her to-do list... before finishing the first draft.

[Insert smacking forehead against wall here.]

I have done some head-smacking things myself, of course, most notably writing without a contract (which I will blog about someday when the hurt has healed).  And the thing is, I have also been guilty of wanting the agent-fairy (or, more recently, the producer-fairy) to make my projects a priority.  They won't - not unless I give them reason upon reason to be excited about me and my writing.  That's part of my job.  And there is many a time that I *stink* at it, but we have to keep trying because


as much as we do. 

I would love to hear what you do to enroll others in your projects.  What is the "whatever it takes" you're facing right now?


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  • Laura Brennan

    Clene', why are you scared?  You care all the world - you're doing everything you can.  It's gonna be great!

  • Laura Brennan

    Caroline, that's perfect!  And no one says you can't send the book out to people you think might be interested in optioning it *while* you're writing the screenplay.  Nicholas Meyer wanted a directing career and he used his writing to get his shot.  You've got to leverage what you can.  Which in my case leads to me spreading myself ridiculously thin and tearing my hair out, but hey, that's the subject of another blog.

    And congratulations on your book!  I'll check it out. 

  • I've often feel the exact same way!! Right now planning to write my own script to my debut novel LIE (from St. Martin's Press- Sept. 2011) about the aftermath of a murder against a young man of color.  Feels like the timing is so right -- to me.  So I've decided that I can't wait any longer for the producer-director fairy... it's a little like waiting for the tooth fairy to come when you're an adult:)

    Truly, the author of LIE.