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How do you gain experience in a work field as a kid?

I want to be a screenwriter.

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Himaja’s Answer

Hello Bethel,

Here are some resources for you:

Online platforms and contests: Check out online platforms that give chances for budding screenwriters. Sites such as Talentville (www.talentville.com) and The Black List (www.blcklst.com) let you share your scripts, get feedback, and meet people in the industry. Also, think about joining screenwriting contests for high school students, like the National YoungArts Foundation (www.youngarts.org) or the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards (www.pageawards.com).

Internship search: Begin by reaching out to local production companies, film studios, or TV networks to ask about any internships they have. Many companies offer internships made just for high school students. Plus, contact film schools or universities nearby, as they might have programs or help for high school students who want screenwriting internships.

Online internship platforms: Make use of online platforms that link students with internship chances. While internships just for high school students might be few, general writing or entertainment internships can still give you useful experience. Sites like InternMatch (www.internmatch.com) and Internships.com (www.internships.com) have search filters to find writing or entertainment-related internships.
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Bryan’s Answer

Your best bet to gain experience is to keep writing. Write your own screenplays. Join drama clubs, go to shows, watch other screenplays on tv. Present your work to drama teachers or at community theaters. Volunteer at a local theater. Never stop writing. The more you do do these things, the more experience you’ll have for going into college. In college you’ll be able to really focus on perfecting your craft and you’ll be even more prepared for life as a screenwriter.
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Barbara’s Answer

I applaud you for wanting to take steps now to prepare for your future. You have lots of opportunities and resources to help you gain experience and improve your skills. Practice your writing by writing every day, even if its just for a few minutes. Read books on screenwriting, take online courses and watch movies with a critical eye to understand how the story is structured and how characters are developed. Enter screenwriting contest this will help you gain experience and exposure. Attend local film festivals and events to meet other writers, producers, and directors of the industry who can help you. Keep writing , seek opportunities to learn and improve. Good Luck Future Screenwriter.
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