How to find the right collaborations with Agents, Co-Writers, Directors, Managers, Producers.
Learn about the dos and don’ts of building relationships with agents, co-writers, directors, managers, and producers and how Wscripted can help break entry barriers by promoting your work to the industry.
First, gain visibility:
The key to finding a producer, agent, manager, or director is to make your work stand out, by applying to every industry list, renowned script competition, and lab (Sundance, Film Independent), have industry professionals vet your work and use your success as leverage in negotiations.
Wscripted is committed to vetting original well-written stories to decision-makers and break entry barriers for women and non-binary storytellers.
Finding and collaborating with producers:
The best way to contact a producer is to find a mutual connection or be introduced by an industry professional. The timing for contacting producers and executives is key: share the best version of your script, instead of contacting them too early. Never send your first 5 drafts to a producer.
Look for a producer who shares your vision, trusts your work, and gives you constructive feedback to elevate the project.
Working with a producer or studio executive attached to your project is a collaborative process: treat all script notes from your creative partners as valuable insights. Communication is key when collaborating with producers and executives. It is important to be flexible, as each decision-maker may have a different style of giving you notes, and remain open to criticism. If you disagree with a note, you must explain to your producer or executive the reasons why the note doesn’t work for you, so that you are on the same page.
Lastly, work ethic and consistency are very important when collaborating with producers and executives, to set a positive work environment and meet deadlines.
Finding an agent or manager:
The key to getting an agent or manager is to let them find you, by attracting their attention. This goes back to our first paragraph about gaining visibility.
Look for an agent or manager who understands you, shares your creative vision, and has a plan accordingly to elevate your career. Always check a manager or agent’s reputation: if you like the way they work, you will have opportunities to work with people who align with your creative vision and the type of material you are making.
While representation helps you with getting meetings, always be on the hunt for building additional relationships and promoting your work towards producers and industry connections that may be able to help you.
Finding and collaborating with directors:
The right director for your project is someone who shares the same visual language, has worked on similar types of projects, and is great at what they do to elevate your project. Additionally, it should be someone with whom you get along, and align on their work ethics and relationships with others.
Collaborating with a co-writer:
Find a writing partner who is aligned with your creative vision and share your universal core values. Be open to building a strong relationship and learning from each other.
Every team has a different writing process: you can divide jobs or write together and find the best process for you.
When to submit your work on Wscripted:
We highly encourage you to work with your network of script readers to receive feedback on your first 5 drafts before submitting your project on Wscripted. To do so, you can identify people you trust within your network with whom you would like to share your first 5 drafts for feedback. Select 2 different readers per draft and improve your script between each round of feedback until you feel your script is at its best. When you are ready, you can submit your project to Wscripted and apply to our different opportunities.