we had a mixer with writers from the various network writing programs, including cbs, wb, disney, the new fox program, and us from nbc wotv. there were maybe 40 writers plus the people who run the programs. it was really crowded, and a lot of fun.
here’s something you might not have known: many writers go through multiple programs. this is my second program, and i met others who went through 2, 3, and even 4 programs. people who are good enough to get into one often times get into another. but why would a writer do multiple programs? because getting into a writing program is no guarantee. it’s not like winning the lottery. obviously, the ideal situation is you get into a writing program, and then you get an agent and get staffed immediately after. that doesn’t always happen though. the programs are a chance to meet other writers, work on writing samples, and meet execs, but yeah, there are no guarantees of getting staffed.
even writers who get an agent and get staffed might find themselves without work a year or two later. several of the people who get into disney had already been staff writers at one point, and the new fox program seems to be entirely for writers who were already staffed. that’s how hard it is to break in and sustain a career.
all of us are to some degree in competition with each other, and with people from writing programs from previous years, and assistants and coordinators who are trying to get promoted, and with established writers who are now not working.
not to burst your bubble, but that should give you an idea of how far away you are from doing this. you have to be in it for the long haul. if you’re ok with that, keep writing. if that overwhelms you, stop now, get a stable job, go have a life.
hopefully i’ll get staffed this year, but just in case i don’t, i’ll be applying to abc, wb, and cbs. the parks and rec spec i wrote in nickelodeon got me into wotv. will the happy endings spec that i wrote in wotv get me into another program? will i 3peat?