At the recently concluded TV Writing Masterclass, Chris Ihidero candidly expressed a number of insightful facts about the industry the actual and aspiring writing participants are looking to engage with.
Here are some top tips about making TV Writing a hustle that works:
- Don’t leave your day job immediately.
The life of a TV Writer – like anything else – will have humble beginnings. It may not sustain your current or intended lifestyle in the beginning, so if you have a day job, don’t leave; and if you don’t have one and you can, get one.
- Realize that TV is nothing like film.
While they are both visual content, the deliveries are different. Film is more visual, almost like a play. TV is like writing a serialized novel. The writing styles and disciplines are thus different. Talent will not be enough here, so leave it at the door. You have to learn the craft.
- Time will happen to us all.
As there will come a time when – if you stay with it and trust the process – you will peak as a TV writer and have all the accolades you want; so, will there be a time when the current ‘kings’ of TV writing will leave the thrones. Time will happen to us all.