JUST GO VOTE! (You can read about my LA/Austin trip after.)

 On the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November, we wear “I Voted” stickers.

On the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November, we wear “I Voted” stickers.

Did you vote in the midterms yet?

Yes?
Amazing! Now make sure your friends vote, too!

No?
If you’re eligible, then get out there! And if you confront a very long line, then get some pizza! (https://polls.pizza)

Since today is proving to be a challenging productivity day for me (outside of compulsively looking at “I Voted” sticker pics on social media and news reports about the midterms), I figured I’d use the opportunity to post some updates from my LA/Austin trip!

(But if you haven’t voted yet, please stop reading this immediately and go to the polls. Did I mention you can get pizza? And if you’re super bored waiting in line, then you can read this.)

Overall, my trip was fantastic! It was a super packed schedule (shout out to my manager Tracy at MXN for booking out my week so successfully), and I had some really great meetings. You may have heard about the “water bottle tour” (where you go on a bunch of meetings in LA, and everyone offers you a water bottle), but I’ll have you know, I also collected a La Croix and THREE green teas over my week, so I feel like I really nailed it. I’m excited to be making new connections and having some cool folks at cool companies read my script.

I did manage to squeeze in some great catch up sessions with West Coast friends between the meetings. A special shout out to my friends who became part of the impromptu lady writers meet up that happened on my last night in LA. It was yet another reminder of how valuable it is to build a network of fellow writers with whom you can commiserate and by whom you can be inspired! (Take that, grammar nerds.)

After LA, it was off to Austin for the weekend, where I enjoyed some panels at the Austin Film Festival (including Scriptnotes’s three page challenge… for all my fellow screenwriter podcast nerds) and had an awesome table read of Scattering Jake through the Table Read My Screenplay contest! Everyone from the ISA who put this event together was fantastic, and it was so helpful and great to hear the script read out loud in a new context. Also, they designed a super cute poster for the script! On top of all that, three other friends from my writers group in NYC were at the festival with their fantastic scripts, and it was really fun to hang with them in Austin!

 Probably me laughing at one of my own jokes during the table read rehearsal.

Probably me laughing at one of my own jokes during the table read rehearsal.

 Crazy eyes are the best eyes! (Introducing the script at the Austin showcase)

Crazy eyes are the best eyes! (Introducing the script at the Austin showcase)

 The fabulous  Scattering Jake  cast assembled by the Table Read My Screenplay contest!

The fabulous Scattering Jake cast assembled by the Table Read My Screenplay contest!

 Our NYC writers group takes Austin!

Our NYC writers group takes Austin!

I will say one big takeaway I had from this trip is that I really appreciate living in New York. I like having the place where I’m working on my craft and grinding through my writing be separate from the place where I do the sales-ier stuff. They are different muscles, and I find it’s hard (for me at least) to switch rapidly back and forth between the two. I appreciate having a trip where I go all in on the meetings and then being back home where I am grounded and focused (except for today… by the way, did you vote yet?).

Other quick updates: Here’s an interview I did with Screencraft about the process of getting my manager and other fun writing stuff. We’re still in the early stages of packaging Scattering Jake, and I’m beginning pre-production on a new short film. Also, I voted today—did you?

Check back for more soon!

Erica

Erica TachoirComment