Are you ready to start looking for a manager? A thread discussing what you should have in your creative arsenal for when you take that next step:
A question I get all the time from writers is “how many scripts should I have before looking for representation?” My unhelpful answer is obviously: as many as it takes. The more practical rule of thumb that I recommend is two.
You should have two really solid, well-received, ready to go final drafts of scripts in the same genre (this means two half hour comedies, two hour long dramas, two features, etc.)
They should be similar enough to brand you as a writer with a consistent specialty, but different enough to show range. (More on branding in this thread here):
If you want to add a third script to your portfolio, that’s when you can write something different to triangulate your range and open yourself up to even more opportunities (for example, two half hour comedies and a lighthearted drama, two comedy features and a pilot, etc).
More Isn’t necessarily better with this. Sometimes I’ll meet a writer who is like “I have ten completed pilots!!!” Here’s why this is actually a turn off:

1. There’s no way all those are good. You’ve written ten scripts & still haven’t broken in? Go out with your most recent 2.
2. Even if they ARE all good, any agent or manager isn’t going to be able to paper the town with 10 scripts. There aren’t enough producers or buyers. We can only send one script from a client to someone we’re talking to. 10 projects would be impossible to take out.
So again, more wouldn’t help you, and it would just sound like a lot of reading work to a potential rep. That’s why it’s best to pick your favorite 2-3 (5 if you MUST). Now, once you sign with someone, you can send them all 10 if you want.
It’s good for your manager to know what’s in your portfolio (that way if a super specific opportunity comes along, they can know if you happen to have the perfect script for it). But it’s unnecessary to have this much at the marketing phase.
Writers with reps: how many scripts did you have in your portfolio when you first signed with representation? Do you have any advice for writers at this marketing stage in their careers?

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30 Dec 20
How to brand yourself as a writer: a thread.

The biggest branding mistake I see from writers is trying to convince everyone that you can write anything. I get it! You want a job writing. It’s your dream. You will take anything that comes your way. Here’s why that’s not smart:
(First off, let me say that I love you and believe in you and I do believe that you can truly write anything you set your mind to. That’s not the issue here).
When it comes to branding, many writers are either afraid of 1. Missing out on opportunities or 2. Being put in a box permanently once they start specializing in something. Let’s address each of these:
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29 Dec 20
ATTN aspiring TV writers: As we move into 2021, many of you are thinking of your next steps goals—one of which is probably to sign with an agent or manager. I tend to get many of the same questions regarding this process, so I’ll write some threads with the advice I usually give:
First, a disclaimer: these are my opinions based on my experiences and insights from this side of the business (management representation). If another professional offers different advice or a different opinion, that’s awesome! I highly recommend getting multiple perspectives.
My qualifications: I’ve spent 4 years working for @CartelHQ (starting as a receptionist, working my way up to Assistant, to coordinator, and now manager). I rep TV writers at the producer, story editor, staff writer, and script coordinator levels.
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