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08/11/2003 - The Meet and Greet
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For many screenwriters, it's all about the "Meet and Greet." This is where you have your first meeting with a particular production company. Usually, you're going to be meeting with the development execs. I recently had my first set of meetings and they all pretty much went the same.

You go in with a specific idea that you want to pitch, this is the reason why you got the meeting in the first place most probably. Either that, or somebody in the office read and liked one of your writing samples. Or, as I just discovered through a friend of mine, after you make your first sale, you're likely to get over a hundred meetings because of just that one sale. And this is your biggest opportunity to make the next sale.

Anyway, once you're in the "Meet and Greet" meeting, you're the one doing most of the talking. So be prepared. Practice out your pitch. Even when you're done with the pitch, the execs are likely to ask one or two questions, then leave the rest up to you. It's a strange thing because you have two or three people basically just staring back at you for 15-20 minutes.

They're feeling you out, trying to get a read on you. They want to know if this is the kind of person they will get along with, and want to work with over a long period of time. They also want to know if you're mentally competent enough for the job. So their role in the meeting is to acquire information about you. That's all they're there to do. Even more so than listening to the specifics of your story idea. It's all about you, so this is your chance to really shine.


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