Anonymous asked: Do you have any advice on how to start screenwriting? Googling it makes me go "Wowa, there's so much info. where do I even start? eek, this is some scary shiz, man." Is having a screenwriting degree necessary if you hope to ever get anywhere? Wikipedia says there's no degree requirement, but it's. . .well, Wikipedia.
A degree isn’t required, but because I got one at an amazing program, I’m going to say it helps A LOT. I definitely got the opportunities I did because of USC Cinema, but a degree won’t make or break you.
My biggest advice is to READ scripts. Not just the Oscar winners, but everything. Blockbusters, indies, prestige films, quirky comedies, broad comedies, etc. See how it’s done and LEARN. From there, you’ve got to WRITE, and you’ve got to get it SEEN. Might sound weird, but getting your work read by the right people is 8 billion times harder than writing it. To get that done, you have to know someone, or know someone who knows someone. It helps to live in LA or maybe NYC, and work within the industry to find the right eyes.
Read, write, work, repeat.