september has been a crazy month. i started off the month thinking i didn’t even get into the semifinals of the nickelodeon writing fellowship, only to have them call me a few days later saying i did make it in, and that they were just running behind. then i had a phone interview and an in person interview, and found out i made it to the last round as a finalist. then after 3 crazy days of speed interviews, i found out yesterday that i didn’t make it in.
today, i feel pretty good. of course i’m sad that i was sooooo close and yet didn’t make it in, but i’m not as depressed as i thought i’d be. it’s not the inverse of how happy i would have been if i had made it in. so even though i was upset yesterday, i immediately went into planning mode to figure out what i needed to do to get in next year.
the director of the fellowship was generous enough to offer to stay in touch, and we’re supposed to schedule a meeting. i want to ask her what i can do better next year in the interviews, along with a long list of other questions.
i decided to quit my studies at animation mentor. as much as i enjoyed animation, it was still plan B to me, and not my passion. my logic was it would be more fun that what i do now (web design, bleh), and it would be in the entertainment industry. after years of working as an animator, i thought there might be opportunities to transition to directing, like tim burton or brad bird did.
the problem is animation homework would eat up 10 – 20 hours a week on top of the 40 hours from my full time job, and i’m sure it would just get more intense as time went on. that would leave me no time to write or make films. even if i finished the program and got a great job as an animator, many animation jobs require 60 hours of work per week, which again would leave me with no time or energy to write. so having come so close and having my writing ability validated, i have to commit fully to writing.
up till now, i haven’t focused on the business side of writing at all. i felt it was too early and that my skill wasn’t there yet. but i feel like my skill level is there now, so i have to start thinking about things like getting an agent and networking, all while continuing to work on my writing. here is the list of projects i came up with, to be completed within a year from now:
MUST DO ALL OF THESE
- 30 rock spec – i already started outlining this.
- live action pilot – i already started this as well.
- animation spec – i might do one for the mighty b!
DO AT LEAST ONE OF THESE
- make another short film, or shoot a web series.
- come up with an animated show to pitch.
- a feature script – i have 2 ideas, have to decide which one.
who knows. maybe 364 days from now, i’ll be writing about how i made it in as a fellow. the countdown begins!