I’m here.

We made it. After all the preparation, anxiety, tears and delirious dreams, Nikole and I are L.A. residents!

It has already been a week since the move… Obviously we’re still settling in, though I’m enjoying this transition. There is something different to do every night, so many places that demand exploration, and a melting pot of restaurants for my stomach’s satisfaction. It’s a different world down here.

So what’s new on the career front?

I’m all alone in our apartment/side house. Nikole is off auditing her first acting class (yay!) while I sit here in bed and begin my writing career. Easy…

I love television. TV is unbelievably fantastic right now and I want a part of it. Don’t get me wrong, I would take just about any writing gig at this point, but television is where my passion lies.

Character transformation is sexy, but only if done right. In film, you have about 2 hours to completely transform your character. In television, you have years. Though, I’m green. There is an ungodly amount of rules, tips, and lessons I still must learn and come to appreciate.

For example, I never learned television structure in college. I know film structures, everybody knows film structure, because it’s structure. It’s memorization. I will learn these things. I am a student, and hopefully will always be a student of my craft.

So how do I break into the TV industry?

No idea.

I just bought Pamela Douglas’s Writing the TV Drama Series though. The reviews are pretty good and I’m not regretting my purchase so far. Based off the table of contents alone there is much I can learn from this book.

I believe now, more than ever, is the time for knowledge. I want my brain full and my eyes constantly scanning. This is my career we’re talking about, it seems rather important…

Besides the book, I’m going to send out a few emails here and there, and hopefully get a few responses. I have a couple of contacts (like two…) in the industry that could be a huge help.

My only worry is if my intentions get misconstrued. My hope is for a sit down where I can ask questions and gain insight, though they might see this “sit down” as wanting a job. I would definitely take a job, but in no way would I ever expect one.

We’ll see what happens in the next couple of days, perhaps week. I should be much deeper into this book and maybe even have some email responses. One thing is for sure, I need to get better at maintaining this blog… It’s special, because I can call it mine, and I need to treat it as such.

Hope for the best and make it happen. I’ll keep reading, I’ll keep writing, and I’ll keep you posted.

 

Best,
Travis

3 Responses to L.A. Resident

  1. Sue says:

    I think that your grandfather would be happy at what you are doing.
    He liked to say, once we were able to explain our idea or dream “Make a plan and then follow the plan”. Go for it, Travis.

  2. Paperimage says:

    I love your sharing. You’ll be brave, so go out and meet people who are in the industry. A good start is a reconnect to your University professors and classmates. Your passion will drive you and is loyal. Make daily goals as steps towards your dreams. If you don’t ask, you won’t receive. A fan…Paperimage

  3. William Babcock says:

    I love your sharing. You’ll be brave, so go out and meet people who are in the industry. A good start is a reconnect to your University professors and classmates. Your passion will drive you and is loyal. Make daily goals as steps towards your dreams. If you don’t ask, you won’t receive. Your fan and believer… Love Dad

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