Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Vampire Fish!

My 30 Rock spec script, "Vampire Fish," is almost wrapped up. I counted a total of 135 jokes so far, which is well below the 30 Rock average of 180, but they're all solid. I'll be doing a table read in the next couple of weeks with some friends and then off shall go my application to NBC's Writers on the Verge. I still have to answer the darn essay question though:

What from your background do you bring to the table as a writer that provides a fresh perspective in your storytelling? (not to exceed 250 words)

I know what NBC is looking for: "I'm a brain surgeon philanderer who bullfights and writes on the side." "I was a troubled youth and now I'm a district attorney who writes on the side." "I'm a stripper and a cop who writes on the side." You know, John Grisham and Diablo Cody types; writers whose real world experience can be mined for your entertainment.

But there's nothing about my background that's remotely interesting. I'm a writer who writes on the side. And not even a successful writer -- a struggling one who farts press releases to pay rent, who grew up in a normal family, who loved consuming TV and movies and books so much that creating them too was inevitable. Add hard work into that mix, an inspiring teacher here and there, a wacky imagination, a bit of talent and... and that's it, NBC. That's all I got.

In other news, I stumbled across some AMAZING writing contests today that I had never heard of before. They're in the US, of course (because Canada stinks at supporting its artists) but Canadians can apply for them, too. Good luck to all!


  1. I have one question - is Miss USA farting out press releases? Please say yes.

    Good luck on the contests!

  2. Ooh! I love your interpretation, Matt! Gold star!

  3. You are so impressive. It would probably take me years to write 135 jokes. Good luck with your application, I hope this all works out for you. Your line about farting press releases to pay the rent was great, Emily.

  4. Hi Evadne! Thanks for your support and for re-writing the word "fart" in the comments section. Made my day. :)

  5. Haven't fully read this, but thought you might like it: http://splitsider.com/2011/05/mind-the-gap-a-series-on-awkward-women-in-comedy/

  6. Great link, Alana! The article was mostly about a BBC show (now cancelled) called PULLING. I never heard of it before but I have a feeling it's about to become my favourite.