Sunday, September 2, 2012

Where's the Talent Competition for Screenwriters?

Are you beautiful? Can you act, dance, sing, or perform amazing and unusual feats? Can you WOW an audience or a judge? 

If your talent involves any of those previously mentioned categories, you can compete for a chance to win fame, fortune, scholarships, or – more importantly (at least to some people) – recognition for your talent. 

From America's Got Talent to The Olympics, from Miss World to Last Comic Standing, if you dance, sing, run, swim, act, provide comedy, perform magic, execute perfect cartwheels on high wires, or perform any of the myriad feats that appear in any of the myriad competitions available on television or online, you can compete for the chance to win BIG.

But what about those of us whose creativity lies in writing? Can we bring our laptops or even our screenplays to the stage of a competition and showcase our word acrobats? 

Of course not. Imagine walking onto the stage at America's Got Talent with your laptop in hand, ready to captivate your audience. You sit at a table and open your laptop. You being to type – s-l-o-w-l-y (creating drama). The audience members furrow their brows while the judges looking quizzically at each other. Behind you a gigantic screen shows your desktop. An announcer bellows through the microphone, "There's an 'F', followed by an 'A, D, E' – the 'I' and the 'N' are not far behind – wait for it – wait for it – and there it is!"

Even if what we wrote was the most brilliant piece of work anybody had ever seen, nobody (including other writers) would want to watch another writer type words.

But what if a competition (let's call it Act Write) allowed writers to write screenplays that actors could perform, thereby giving actors AND writers an avenue for success?

What if every week each writer was given an assignment that required him or her to write a three-minute mini-play based on a subject chosen by the competition committee? 

How might that work? Glad you asked.

Two actors would perform the mini-play before judges and audiences alike. That way actors and writers – of all ages, I might add – would be given an opportunity to compete for recognition, prizes, and the opportunity to work in Hollywood. 

But what if the actors performed poorly? Or what if the actors were great but the screenplay bombed?

The screenplay itself would be judged separately from each individual's performance. 

I know what you're going to say – screenwriters already have avenues to enter competitions. Yes they do – on paper or online – but not on screen. I should know – I just lost two of them (TVWriter™ and Scriptapalooza). Don't you think it's time WE had a television competition?   

What do you say, producers, promoters, managers, agents, or anybody else who has the ability to put a little money where my mouth is? Can you give us fledgling screenwriters an opportunity to appear in a medium that will help us break into our chosen fields? 

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  1. Yesss! We need our own show--something like, Screen Writer Idol, Script Factor, So You Think You Can Write...oh, I could go on and on!

    1. Yessss! I love the So You Think You Can Write idea, but we'd have to follow it with So You Think You Can Act – two shows in one! I love it!

  2. I am looking forward to reading more of your blogs...well done

  3. Thank you, Anita (or shall I call you Mystery Chef?) for responding. I'm about to check out your blog!




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