“Yes, specs are necessary to gain experience writing and to showcase your ability, but the reality is that most of your specs will not sell and you might have to write a half dozen or more before one might secure you a coveted assignment job.”
These sage words come from a writer who’s been there and he goes into great depth about the steps you might encounter. But this is also no guarantee of some “magic formula”. Don’t want to start hearing grads telling me they’ve just completed their sixth screenplay “so show me the money!”
Today there is even more importance on showing the ability to “work well with others” in a room than talent itself. Sure, producers seek out that special voice. But there’s usually more than one special voice out there. And the one who’s more agreeable with the producers over time generally gets the call.
Some might say I’m putting the cart before the horse with this article. But it’s better to know what you might be getting into rather than only seeing the pie in the sky.