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Staying Productive During Hiatus (PT126)

Alex and Nick discuss ways of surviving your hiatus and staying productive during the off season.

Why is being active all year long important? How do you look for a next job? How do you keep in touch during a hiatus? Why are hobbies and social interactions vital? How can you keep yourself healthy and financially stable?

Plus, we make three major Paper Team announcements about what is coming up.

The Paper Team doesn’t wait…

Content

Announcements: WonderCon 2019, TV writing programs, final Paper Tease (00:23)
1 – Why staying active during a hiatus is important (04:02)
2 – Being productive in your writing (08:22)
3 – The importance of hobbies (12:10)
4 – Social interactions (15:24)
5 – Fitness and health (17:34)
6 – Money and finances (20:36)
Final advice and next Week On (23:38)

Links

Details of Paper Team at WonderCon 2019
“The TV Writer’s Mindset: Dealing With Procrastination, Blank Page, and the Muse” (PT17)
“Managing Finances as an Assistant & Staff Writer” (PT16)
“Supplemental Income for Writers” (PT35)

Special thanks to Alex Switzky for helping us edit this episode.

If you enjoyed this episode (and others), please consider leaving us an iTunes review at paperteam.co/itunes! :)

You can find Paper Team on Twitter:
Alex@TVCalling
Nick@_njwatson
If you have any questions, comments or feedback, you can e-mail us: [email protected]

TV Writing Incubators and the Evolution of Access (PT125)

Alex and Nick have a candid discussion about the emergence of TV writing incubators, and the current state of access in the television industry for up-and-coming writers.

What are TV writing incubators? What do those programs mean for our industry? Is every facet of TV writing going to be turned into a competition? How have TV writing opportunities changed for new writers? What are ways of improving the situation?

The Paper Team takes a chance…

Links

Imagine Impact
Rideback TV Incubator
Sundance Episodic Program

Special thanks to Alex Switzky for helping us edit this episode.

If you enjoyed this episode (and others), please consider leaving us an iTunes review at paperteam.co/itunes! :)

You can find Paper Team on Twitter:
Alex@TVCalling
Nick@_njwatson
If you have any questions, comments or feedback, you can e-mail us: [email protected]

Writing and Pitching Across Formats ft. Gretchen Enders (Queen America/Grace and Frankie) (PT124)

Alex and Nick invite Gretchen Enders, writer on TV series (Queen America, Grace and Frankie, Take My Wife, Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street) and audio originals (Bedtime Stories for Cynics, This Sounds Serious), to discuss working and pitching shows across formats.

How do you blend your voice within an established show? How do you find stability as a TV writer between seasons? What is good advice when taking a general meeting? How were the rooms of Queen America, Grace and Frankie, Take My Wife, and Gortimer Gibbons? How does writing radio plays compare with writing for television? What should you keep in mind when pitching and selling shows? What was it like winning a WGA award?

The Paper Team intently listens…

PT124 Gretchen Enders

SHOWNOTES

Content

Writing and Pitching Across Formats with Gretchen Enders (00:34)
Final Advice, Resources, and Next Week On (44:12)

Links

Gretchen Enders on Instagram
Queen America on Facebook
Grace and Frankie on Netflix
Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street on Amazon
Take My Wife
“Directing TV Comedy ft. Alethea Jones” (PT118)
“Room to Dream” – David Lynch & Kristine McKenna
Northern Exposure
Level Up
“Gortimer, Ranger and Mel vs. The Endless Night” (2×13 – Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street)
Aminta Goyel
Shauna McGarry
Nick Offerman’s Bedtime Stories for Cynics
This Sounds Serious
Patriot

Resource

“The Hollywood Standard” – Christopher Riley

Special thanks to Alex Switzky for helping us edit this episode.

If you enjoyed this episode (and others), please consider leaving us an iTunes review at paperteam.co/itunes! :)

You can find Paper Team on Twitter:
Alex@TVCalling
Nick@_njwatson
If you have any questions, comments or feedback, you can e-mail us: [email protected]