Somebody on one of the screenwriting forums recently asked if a screenwriter could launch a career with just one completed screenplay. This seems to be a question many budding screenwriters have. Sure, it’s quite possible to get a career rolling on one script—and it happens all the time (Diablo Cody, anyone?)—but I’m a firm believer in having at least two or three really solid scripts in the ol’ briefcase when hunting for an agent, manager, or producer.
Apologies to those of you who are dedicated readers of my "how-to" blog, but...
In the “Questions & Answers” section of the blog, I have the question, “I’ve only written one script. Should I have more than that before I try to market myself as a screenwriter?”
This was my response:
"I think it’s important for managers and agents to know your creative well hasn’t gone dry after penning just one script—and it’s also important to have more than just one script in hand when you start meeting with producers. For instance...
Not long ago, my manager and I had a meeting at the home of a fairly well-known producer/director. We brought along three scripts that we felt might compliment his abilities. So we pitched the first script, a comedy. Nope, he doesn’t want to do comedies anymore.
A psycho-thriller? Nope, not his cup of tea right now.
A creepy horror tale? Bingo!
He took the script, promised he'd have it read soon.
This sort of thing has happened to me several times. If they don’t like one idea, hit ‘em with another, then another, then another.
Nope, I can't imagine having just one or two scripts in my repertoire.
If you’re a writer, WRITE!"
QUICKIE UPDATE: By the way...that aforementioned producer/director passed on my creepy horror script. Well, that's okay, I optioned it to someone else.