How did I start out as a screenwriter?

A Californian production company, HHTV, saw tweets about the award I’d started for student illustrators and contacted me. They asked me to write a screenplay, specifically to help young black actors, so I did. They loved it and gave me the opportunity to write a second one.

After I’d volunteered to write the two screenplays for HHTV, I thought long and hard about my future career. I declined the invitation to write a third, free, screenplay. It’s a lot of hard work, two feature-length scripts were, in my opinion, more than enough to offer in return for no pay. We parted ways amicably.

After receiving the two confirmed, signed contracts, and script option agreements, from the American company I was able to upgrade my membership of the WGGB to the status of full member. I’d heard about The Society of Authors, and applied to join them too, as a full member.

It was a day for celebration when both of my membership applications were approved. Validation can be beautiful.

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