Knowing how to pitch your story–whether it’s a pilot, a feature or an interview for a job–can be tricky. I’ve got some kick ass tools to help you succeed.
Why do you need a pitch?
But you’ve already written your script, why do you need to work on a pitch?
There are lots of reasons but mostly, unless your uncle is Steven Spielberg you’re going to need to tell people what your script is about. A lot of people. Agents, managers, producers, studio executives, that poor bastard next to you in line at Starbuck’s who you found out works at a studio. There’s no limit to how often you’re going to have to tell a brief, concise engaging version of your script.
How I can help you become a pitching pro
I offer a wide variety of ways to work with you no matter what your level of experience or the size of your bank account.
Elevator pitch: This is the version you need if you theoretically find yourself in an elevator with Kevin Feige and want to sell him on your idea. Mind you, this is the elevator to the third floor where his dentist is, not to the top of the Eiffel Tower.
Your take away from this service is a pitch that briefly but effectively communicates the core ideas and get him to say, “Interesting. Tell me more.” (He probably didn’t want to go to the dentist anyway.)
I offer a one-on-one meeting by Zoom (that way you can get the recording afterwards) up to an hour long.
The Speed Pitch: It’s like the elevator pitch, but longer. This is a useful tool to have for any networking event, film festival, or one of the many “pitch fests that take place throughout the year. You get a little more time to go into greater detail about subplots and character development, but not much. Don’t blow it by focusing on the wrong details
Since this is a bit more complicated, I’ll send you a pitch worksheet to fill out with all the prompts you need to nail it. Then we'll go over it by Zoom. (Recording of the session to follow.)
You'll walk away with a polished pitch that conveys the heart of your story and the target audience.
Want to go over it again? No worries, we can do another take for an additional $50.00
Full Blown Pitch Consult: True, you’ve written a kick ass script, but remember you’ll have to tell at least one executive what it’s about before they’ll agree to read it, no matter what level of the food chain they’re on.
This can be a terrifying thing even for the most seasoned writers. Don’t worry, I’ve got your back. I’ll send you a pitch worksheet to fill out, including a guide to timing of it all because nobody has the time for those long meetings anymore. Then I’ll read it and go over it with you by Zoom (recording of the session to follow). This can take up to an hour and a half so leave yourself plenty of time.
Meeting Prep: You’ve gotten the call you’ve been waiting for – someone wants to meet you and talk about your script! Or maybe you’ve really hit the jackpot and got a meeting to possible be hired for a writing staff.
The work doesn’t end with that phone call. You’re going to walk into that room and get hit with the most terrifying question of all – “So tell me about yourself”. Crap. You freeze; how much do they want to know?
This is your first chance to prove you’re a storyteller faced with the hardest tale to tell – why should they want to work with you?
Whether it’s a general meet and greet or a staffing gig, I can help you go into that meeting fully prepared for any and all questions.
By now you know the drill. Zoom. Up to an hour.