Improv Week 1 & Odds and Ends

Okay, this is kind of a combo post.  Should have posted something earlier this week, but I’m getting the handle on this blog thing one post at a time.

I found out earlier this week that I was selected as a finalist for a fellowship at one of the screenwriting labs.  Which is both entirely gratifying and also a little nerve wracking as now I have to await the results.  I’m taking this as a sign that I am on the right path in terms of this career switcheroo that I’m undergoing, but also now that I’m a finalist, I want to be selected.  I’ll see how things turn out soon enough.  Either way, it’s amazing that I accomplished this feat out of hundreds, if not thousands, of applicants.

Anyway, I also had my first improv class earlier today and I went in absolutely terrified.  What if I was the only one there?  What if I’m not funny?  It turns out, I was worried over nothing.  I had a lovely time with 7 other students in a small studio near my hometown where we went over games and such.  It was super liberating to be in a supportive and creative space and I’m already excited to go back for week two.  The one thing I will say is that right now I’m not entirely sure how this will help my writing, but, it was also an intro day, so I’m going to continue to be open to the experience and see what that gets me.  Either way it’s something new and different to do on a weekend.

Purpose

So, a little bit about me.  My name’s Gretchen. I’m in my early 30s, but get carded for R-rated movies.  I don’t live in LA.  Yet.  I have a ten-year long career in politics, where I’ve worked on Capitol Hill, the campaign trail, and state government.  I love to travel and have been to all six inhabitable continents and also circumnavigated the globe.  In my free time, I toss weights around, judge CrossFit competitions, and bless the world with my sarcasm.

None of that is why I started this blog.  I decided, in the beginning of 2017, to make an actual effort to follow my dreams and try to make a legitimate run at becoming a television and feature writer.  Now, unlike most resolutions, I’ve managed to stick to this one so far and, despite a full time job and a side-hustle, I’ve completed:

  • 1 half hour spec
  • 3 hour-long pilots
  • 2 hour-long specs

Much like other aspirants, I spent the early part of this year racing toward the network tv fellowships and am anxious to see if I’ll be one of the lucky few out of thousands (but I’m realistic, y’all.  A baby writer in her first year is a long shot!). For the record, I entered them all — I specced Orphan Black & You’re the Worst, if you were curious.  Now that that deadline is gone, I’ve meandered a bit, and thought a blog might be helpful as a means to keep myself on track.  Maybe no one will read it.  Maybe some will.

Right now I’m in the process of writing a new pilot, revising two of the pilots I’ve written, and breaking a feature.  I do best when I’m busy, so I certainly try to do that.

You might be thinking — this bitch doesn’t even live in LA.  You’re right!  I don’t.  I plan to talk about that, too.  I’m saving for my move after some messy financial decisions in my twenties.  My goal is 2018, if all goes well.  But if you want to offer me a job on the west coast beforehand, I’m all ears. 😉