Quote of the Day – August 2, 2010

Once I graduated high school, I started applying enormous amounts of time to getting a screenwriting career going. That became a very, very focused effort in my early twenties, during which time I was set dressing…I was not making much money doing it, but it kept the rent paid, and when the job was over, I would have enough saved up to sit at home for a month and just write. I treated writing like a full-time job. I would sit at home until the bank account bottomed out, and then I’d call my friend Greg, who was an art director — and these days, my production designer — and I’d say, “Get me on the next gig, dude!”

Nine years after graduating high school, I started making a living as a screenwriter, and I haven’t looked back — but that nine years involved a lot of sittin’ in the chair and trying to figure out how to become a professional-level screen storyteller.

-Frank Darabont,  excerpt from the book “Tales from the Script: 50 Hollywood Screenwriters Share Their Stories


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