Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Do you have to move to LA?

No, not if Len Blum is any indication. Len is a Montrealer and lives here. His wife is the principal of McGill University. Len wrote "Meatballs". His most recent produced screenplay is the recent "The Pink Panther".

The Gazette had an article on him today.

I don't doubt that living in LA would help a screenwriting career, but Len is proof that you don't have to be there to succeed. I'm toying with the idea of hunting him down for an interview on how to survive as a long-distance screenwriter.

In the meantime, enjoy the changes to the blogroll. Yes, Darren Naish is indeed a celebrity.

I hope I fall asleep soon. If not, I'll have to blog about insomnia. And I still want to discuss personality and tastes at some point. I write that not as a teaser, but as a reminder to myself.


Blogger Ken Levine said...

You don't HAVE to be in LA but it helps. It's a numbers game and you just increase your odds. Plus, the weather is better here. On my blog today I posted some advice for those writers who are thinking of making the move.

Love your blog.


February 15, 2006 1:01 PM  
Blogger Warren said...

Of course, there are exceptions to every rule. As Ken said, you don't HAVE to be here, but I would strongly recommend that every aspiring writer move here as quickly as possible. Why? Because, as the cliche goes, Hollywood is a relationship-driven town, and many of the breaks that come your way as a writer are based on connections. Sure, you can be discovered and sell a script from Minnesota (I just interviewed Diablo Cody for an article, and she did exactly that). But it's much better to get out here and network and develop a fan base for you and your work. Your chances of both breaking in and sustaining your career increase dramatically.

Just my two cents.

February 16, 2006 3:17 PM  

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