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The Art of the Pitch

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The Art of the Pitch
With all the money, glory, and careers riding on every decision in the entertainment business, no creative professional can escape the gatekeepers. Just as actors face a seemingly endless string of auditions and meetings with casting directors, writers have to go into room after room, sit down with producers and executives, and offer up a sample of what they think makes their new project great. It's a sport called pitching, and all successful scriptwriters are forced to master this ancillary craft before they can get paid to actually write. Just as auditioning is a separate skill that every actor must develop, every writer must build his or her own pitching muscle.




Getting Your Pilot Off the Ground
Pilot season draws a lot of attention, but the process starts with pitching season. The process of pitching for writers is like the audition process for actors, so it's important to prepare for the meeting.

How to Pitch Yourself at an Agent or Manager Meeting
Now that pilot season is over and the upfronts are done, agents and managers are clearing the dead weight from their rosters and looking for exciting new clients to add.

Festivals Let Writers Pitch Scripts to Industry Movers

Most aspiring screenwriters would give the proverbial arm and a leg for just five minutes with industry decision makers. But thanks to the pitch-fest phenomenon, the cost is far less prohibitive.

The Art and Science of Getting Your Idea Across
All successful scriptwriters are forced to master pitching before they can get paid to actually write. Just as auditioning is a separate skill every actor must develop, every writer must build a pitching muscle.

What Makes a Pitch Stand Out?
If I can't understand what it's about or the subject matter is overly familiar, then it doesn't matter how great the pitch is. The more high-concept the idea, the more likely I will want to read the script.

How to Write a Powerful Pitch Letter
If you are not getting as many auditions as you want, chances are it's because not enough of the right people know you exist.

An Agent Pitches
Everyone in the entertainment industry is in a constant state of pitching. Nothing happens in this business without pitching. It's the Hollywood dance that never ends.

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