It’s been a minute since I’ve written a blog post. I’ve been so focused on getting my novel published. Well, I’m back to talk about my new passion project that’s given me a real sense of direction.
Let’s be clear: I’m still determined to get my novel published. That hasn’t changed. I now have a literary agent so that dream is just that much closer to being realised. But I honestly want a career in writing. Like now. It would take ages to make that happen as a published author. My first novel would need to be a huge hit, but, even then, I’d need a series of hit novels before I could quit my day job.
Why can’t writing be my day job?
Enter a screenwriter’s fellowship I recently applied to. I poured my heart and soul into my application and think I’ve got a good shot. I learned about the fellowship from a friend months ago. The more I looked into it, the more it fueled the fire inside of me. I studied Screenwriting in college and had always wanted to submit scripts to studios one day. My hope was to gain a platform as a novelist and then have the opportunity to submit that way. But, it could work the other way around too.
A career as TV and film screenwriter, which the fellowship would provide an avenue for, could just as easily build a platform for my novels. The idea invigorates me to the point that I’ve never wanted something so much in my life. It feels like this fellowship came at the right time. It makes sense as my next career move as if it were pre-planned.
I can’t wait to share more details on my show. I’m passionate about the topic it explores and I believe there’s an audience for it. I’d put money on that. We’ll be shooting the pilot in April. After that, I’ll go all out to promote it. It’s hard work getting actors, confirming locations, working with a director, etc, but I’m confident it’ll pay off.
My ultimate dream is to have my own show, like Lena Dunham, with Girls, and Issa Rae, with Insecure. That way, I can create a platform for myself and make opportunities for black and Latino actors. Because, like my novels, my show will feature black and Latino characters. If I were to have a show as successful as Girls, then when the series wraps up, I would have the resources to continue to create shows and write novels that would be just as successful, if not more so.
I think about how Lena Dunham signed a $3.5 million deal to write her memoir, Not That Kind of Girl. This was after the second season of Girls. Imagine if she’d been just any white girl peddling to get her memoir published. She likely would have been rejected by every publishing house in the business.
The idea of working in a similar context as Dunham energises me to push towards it every single day. A successful TV series leads to a success novel series. Naturally, creating a TV series would not be a means to an end. Not at all. I’m actually more passionate about creating black and Latino characters for the screen than I am for the page. More people watch TV than read. A sad fact but that means a wider audience for a TV writer. Audiences are hungry for content about people of color. And that’s where I come in. I’m working every single day to get my Lena / Issa on.
I feel alive again. I needed this.