Big Break Competition Update!Oct 18, 2016 Phil Parker 0 News, Screenwriting, Screenwriting News Big Break, competitions, Final Draft, Phil Parker, screenplay, screenplay contests, screenwriter, screenwriting, the third bomb, TV
21-11-16 UPDATE: The Third Bomb beat out thousands of other scripts to make it to the semifinals.
One of the world’s top 10 screenwriting competitions – Final Draft’s Big Break Contest – announced its quarterfinalists earlier this month and my WWII action/ adventure script ‘The Third Bomb’ made the list! Very excited!
All contest results for The Third Bomb
Normally the quarterfinals are nothing to crow about, but this time is different. Someone from a top Hollywood agency saw my script and read its logline (a brief description of the story) and contacted me. They were intrigued and wanted to read it! #blownaway
So of course I signed their release form and sent that, plus a copy of my script, back right away. Having this agency represent me would be a dream come true… but I’m under no illusions. I’ve already been at this game for a few years now, pitching my heart out, winning competitions and getting script requests, only for it all to lead to dead ends. It’s enough to put grey hairs on your head and a bit of jade in your soul. So, the chickens have not been counted yet.
Not by a long shot.
However, in order to survive, just like in any tough industry, you have to keep pressing on despite the incredible odds against you. Otherwise, what’s the alternative, right? Give up? Go back to a normal 11hrs-a-day industry job working for someone else? F**k that 😉
Besides, I’m already incredibly fortunate that ‘The Third Bomb’ and its success on the contest circuit has helped change my life.
I’m a working screenwriter!
…and that was the whole reason I slaved over that script. So that I could pursue my dream and make it real.
I’m incredibly stressed, but it’s an excited stress, because the long hours and uncertainty about where my next pay check will come from are fuel for my brand, my business, my passion. Not someone else’s.
If you’re chasing the same dream too, keep at it! Keep studying your craft. Keep practicing your craft. Network with other writers. Read tons of scripts and analyze tons of movies/ TV shows.
And do it today. And everyday after that.