How Do I Break Into the Screenwriting Industry?
How do I get into writing for film? Is it easier than writing literature or is it harder? I don't want to be famous, just write things. Which is an easier field to get into or what is the significant difference that could affect my choice about which writing industry to go into?
There's actually only one thing you need to do to be a screenwriter: Write screenplays.
It's that simple.
As for the rest, appreciate that the entertainment industry is all about relationships. Yes, you need to have talent. But the talent part comes AFTER the relationship part.
If it was only ever about the work, there would only ever be great films and marvelous TV shows. And we know that's not the case. So there has to be another more significant factor.
And that factor is: Personal relationships.
So, to answer your question precisely: You can be a writer just by writing. You can be successful by cultivating personal relationships. Operate them together and you have a winning combination.
Hank recommends the following next steps:
I wrote my first screenplay when I was in college. I had no idea about what I was doing. I didn't know structure, format or anything. I just wrote. I knew that I had a creative mind but I told myself "I'm going to write what I feel and what I want to create and worry about the format later". Once I followed my heart, I had the opportunity of selling my first screenplay to a famous child actor who grew up to be a director. I will tell you to just write and create what you would like to see because even though it may not have been created yet, I'm sure someone is waiting to see it.