As I mentioned last week, we just finished this years Gallifrey One, LA’s Doctor Who convention. While I can go on and on about how fabulous this weekend is as a fan – from Osgood to Missy to the 5th and 6th doctor and beyond – it is the creative work side which I’ll be focusing on this year.
I just finished my graduate program and have moved back to the states to try and find work and with degrees in creative writing and the cultural and creative industries, there aren’t many venues better equipt to let me talk to people in those fields I would like to join.
This brings me to the point of this post: Take advantage of every opportunity you come across even if they scare you.
I’ve worked as a book editor off and on for the last few years, but as a LA local screen media is a much closer reality for me to look into. Which leads me to script editing.
At one of Gallifrey’s many writer pannels, Sarah Dollard, who wrote the episode Face the Raven discussed her process of becoming a writer for the show which began with working as a script editor. However, that was as far into the process as she went. But if you want to learn about yout industry, you have to go further or regret it.
For me, this meant pulling myself together and (in all my purple suited Clara glory) stepping up to the mike. I was able to ask for more details which let me learn a few helpful steps and the areas I should be looking towards in my job search; namely, starting out as a script runner for a writers room and moving on from there.
With conventions like these, many people come for the actors (a fun and truely fantastic choice) but if you are interested in anything behind the camera, you will have no better access than a small convention for a fandom that you love where you can show that love to the people responsible for making it. Most of these creators also table so you can go and get their autograph and talk shop with them for a bit if they aren’t busy.
Generally, These guys love to hear from fans, especially from fans who are interested in their work.
But whether you are meeting creative people at venues like conventions or just shaking your knowledge tree and setting up lunch meetings, more and more it’s about who you know and working your connections but this only works if you have the guts to get up and ask your questions.
- Taylor Gallagher