The Truth About A Scriptwriting Masters…

So you want to be a scriptwriter?

Fantastic, good on you. Now the hard part…how do you get into the industry?

For me, I wanted the opportunity of being able to teach Scriptwriting so I decided to do a masters, that way I could get feedback on my own writing each week, meet other writers, have a writing structure and a qualification which meant I could teach. I’m also working in a part time teaching position whilst doing this, working on other writing projects and attending various networking events across the UK such as London Screenwriters Festival to help me break into the industry.

However, something that me when I started the Masters last year was how many of the other writers on my course believed they just had to do the Masters and they would be guaranteed a spot in the industry, a place at the table, blah, blah, blah. They turn up at class every week with their script and get their feedback and then moan that they’ve had no industry opportunities put in their lap. Yes, I understand that they’ve paid a lot of money to do the course (FYI, so have I) but if they want to be in the industry and they want to write then they need to be proactive.

A masters is cute and cushty and great to help with your writing development BUT if you’re going to use the masters as a way to get into the industry DON’T DO IT! save yourself some money and just go on a few writing courses, join a writing group, attend festivals. There are several other and cheaper ways of becoming a great writer.

Believe you and me, your wallet will thank you!

 

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Scriptwriting Opportunities for New Writers

As you guys know I’ve been a screenwriter now for about seven months and don’t get me wrong they’ve been pretty hard going! But once I had my first script under my belt I felt ready to go out into world of TV writing and kick arse!

In these last seven months, I think I’ve been on the majority of scriptwriting courses that are on offer to new emerging writers in the UK. Some of them, were amazing and I met some brilliant writers and learnt so much. Others….nawtt so much! If anything I just felt like I was literally throwing my precious money away.

Anyway I thought I’d present this little guide to going after opportunities as a scriptwriter to you guys so hopefully you can go after similiar opportunities and get value for your pennies!

Scriptwriting Opportunities that I found valuable:-

Scriptwriting North

Scriptwriting North is a fantastic hub for all writers in the North of England. It’s run by a really lovely woman called Beth who told me about the masters course that I am now on. For me, this place was absolutely fantastic as they taught me everything I needed to know before setting down a writing my first script. I have attended two ‘courses’ with them, one was a intensive day course for beginners which was a bloody brilliant day as it just gave me all the information I needed and in just one day! The second course was more like an intensive day of writing in various locations across Manchester but it was packed full of writing exercises, feedback sessions and food! If you live in the North and want to write, get in touch with Scriptwriting North.

BBC Writers Room

The BBC Writers Room is a great place with loads of resources for writers. The most amazing thing about the Writers Room is the extensive opportunities it provides for new writers on the scene. From it’s twice a year submission windows for drama and comedy writers to the external opportunities and competitions it posts on it’s ‘opportunities’ page. I also recently attended a free event in the BBC building in Salford with the Writers Room which had a Q&A with TV writer Sally Abbott. It was a lovely event and provided so much insight into the industry.

London Screenwriters Festival

This is like the holy grail for scriptwriters! Seriously! This event happens every year in London. Its a fantastic festival completely dedicated to all things scriptwriting that happens over the course of a weekend. Meet fellow writers, network, Q&A’s, pitch workshops, meet producers and so much more! The only downside for writers not based in London (such as myself) is the travel to London, the price of accommodation and then of course, the actual price of the festival itself. I couldn’t attend last year but I will definitely be attending this year, so will be blogging the entire weekend!

Scriptwriting Opportunities I regret paying for:-

Two Day comedy Writing Masterclass with Rob Grant

Okay, absolutely nothing against this course but I just don’t think it was worth the ridiculous price I had to pay! (£250, if your interested). It was run by Rob Grant, who was a writer and creator of a sitcom for a TV Series called Red Dwarf. Learning about how his career started and the in’s and out’s of what he knew was brilliant. However, the second day of the course, when he had to write a topical sketch show script for actors to perform that evening was totally pointless to me. I wasn’t interested in writing sketch comedy and if anything that’s the last thing producers want writers to send in to them.  If you’re in London though and interested in Sketch comedy then it’s right up your street!

And that’s it for now. I’ll do another writing blog post soon which will focus on writing competitions I recommend!

Good luck to you all and thank you for reading!

 

Beauty Treatments I Regret Paying For 

We’ve all had ‘beauty treatments’ that we thought would make us look a million pounds but then we left thinking it was just a massive waste of money. I’m no different, from a young age I’ve been trying out various treatments to see how they would alter my appearance for the better. From Microdermabrasion to Eyelash extensions, I’m gonna talk you lovely lot through some of my biggest and most expensive beauty mistakes!

Microdermabrasion- around £25 upwards- I was about 18 when I tried this treatment. I suffered from bad skin all through my teen years and decided enough was enough just before I went to university. I tried about three treatments before I felt like it was just a massive waste of money. Microdermabrasion apparently uses abrasive crystals to remove dead skin cells layer by layer which ultimately stimulates blood flow and encourages collagen and more elasticity to the skin. Personally, for me it didn’t work. I have quite oily skin anyway and it only improved with age and time if anything. However, I’m not saying it won’t work for you. I just think this treatment is more suitable for people with more mature skin who want to look a bit more ‘refreshed’.

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Eyelash Extensionsaround £15 for weekend ones and £45 for semi permanent-Eyelash Extensions! Remember just a few years ago everyone went mad for having fake plastic lashes glued to their lids? I myself was no stranger to trying a few out. I tried out both weekend lashes and semi permanent ones. Although they made me look very fluttery when I had make up on, I’m felt I just looked a bit odd with massive eyelashes when barefaced. For me, the maintenance of the semi permanent ones was really unpractical with me needing a £20 or more top up every four to six weeks! The weekend ones usually only lasted a day or two. The beautician used to always say “Don’t get them wet and they’ll last longer” now I don’t know about you but I like to shower and wash my face every day so….

HD Brows- Around £25– HD Brows came about after everyone decided they wanted thick and hairy brows again. They were the answer and up until a year and half ago I was still getting this treatment done. I stopped because my Brow Technician moved away and after trying a few different people I saw no one who could do my brows the way she did and decided to leave them for a while. Another reason stopped, other than the expense was the fact that although my brows looked good after they were done and made them feel thick and groomed. After a few days they the tint wore off and the brow make up they put on fades and you’re left with brows that look just as thin! Trying to recreate the shape the technician gave you with your shitty Brow Pencil at home is never the same either! At the moment I’m letting my brows breathe and trying to encourage natural hair growth.


Acrylic Nails- £20 upwards– I  have tried Acryclic nails around four times in my life. Once when I had my school prom and another time at my 18th birthday. Needless to say they were the biggest pain in the arse ever! I just felt like I couldn’t do anything with them without scratching myself somewhere or getting bits caught in them. They also really damaged my actual nails which really pissed me off. I just felt a bit like Cruella De Vil in them. These days when I do treat myself I prefer to get a Shellac polish on my nails, it’s just like a nail varnish but lasts ages and doesn’t involve me stabbing my eyeball whenever I have an itch there.

Spray Tan- £10 upwards depends on the brand and salon– As soon as people sunbeds were told sunbeds could increase your chance of skin cancer everyone immediately looked for an alternative way to achieve that year round tan and that’s where the spray tan came from! At the time, the idea of spraying myself orange was quite appealing and I had one for my school prom in year 11. It was humiliating, standing in a booth topless whilst a woman sprayed me a gold colour. So embarrassing. I then had to wear my dads t-shirt and baggy shorts for the rest of the day whilst the orange crap dried on me and it was still patchy the next day! I swear pale is just as beautiful and a lot less hassle!

‘Active Pureness’ Facial-£45– Like I’ve already said I suffered with pretty bad skin in my younger years. Mind you, my skin still has bad days at the age of 22…. Anyway, I was recommended this facial after getting a shellac pedicure at this really posh beauty spa. The facial called ‘The Active Pureness’ facial was meant to exfoliate dead skin and help rid you of acne and blemishes. It also came with a very relaxing hot stone massage which was just heaven. Needless to say, the massage was beautiful but the facial was totally not worth the price!

And there go, my top pick beauty treatments that I believed were totally not worth the price mark! I hope this blog has proved useful to you all!

 

BBC Writers Room Event at Media City 

Well hello! 

On Monday I happened to attend my first ever BBC Writers Room event. It was specifically for scriptwriters in the industry and was absolutely fantastic as it gave me so much information and motivation to just get on my arse and write! 

It was a good opportunity to network with brooms BBC people, such as the head of the northern writers room and other writers. It was also a chance to have a sneaky look inside the BBC offices, which were so cool! Even if I did have to have an airport style security check before I got in! And I also got to wear a badge with my name on which made me feel so professional!


 The event was a Q&A with writer Sally Abbott whose written everything from Eastenders and Casualty to her own award winning afternoon drama called The Coroner. She gave us so much information including how she started out in the industry herself and how she goes about her writing process. 

For me personally it was so motivating to be in a room full of writers and inspire each other. Also, Sally’s experience and expertise was invaluable advice and guidance which has really give me the kick up my arse I needed for my writing. 

My New Do! 

So for a while now I’ve been wanting to change up my image a little nothing too drastic just a little change to freshen up my appearance. 

One major area that needed s revamp was my poor hair. I had neglected it so much that I hadn’t had a haircut since June! Eek!

Anyways I went for a chop that complimented my face shape and got some life into my locks. I’m so happy with the results that I wanted to share it with you guys! Sorry for the cheesy grin! 



 

Favourite YouTube Workouts 

Since I’ve been doing my home workouts for a couple of weeks now I thought I’d share with you guys the little workouts I’ve doing to help keep me in shape and tone up. 

The one thing I absolutely love about working out at home is how quick and easy it is. It means I don’t have to trek to the gym and take two hours out of my day. All these workouts are under thirty minutes which is perfect and they’re a good mixture of HIIT training, kickboxing (which I love), abs exercises and yoga (which is something I’ve really gotten into recently). 


This workout is just over twenty minutes and is perfect after a weekend of indulgence. It’s HIIT so that means it’s quick, powerful and sweaty. It also helps that the beautiful Joe Wicks aka The Body Coach is doing the exercises along side me. I’m going to lie, it’s not easy but if you only have half an hour to spare it’s a brilliant workout. 

I’ve put these two workouts together as they’re done by the same YouTube channel and are both kickboxing. The only difference is that one is only 11 minutes and one is 25 minutes long. Fitness Blender is a brilliant channel with loads of fantastic workouts but my favourites are the kickboxing ones. I do the 11 minute one when I’m super busy and have hardly any time to workout but it’s just as good as the 25 minute one. I mean seriously I did the 11 minute one a few days ago and my arms are still aching. 

The brilliant thing about the 25 minute workout is that it includes a warm up and cool down. If your feeling stressed it’s also a great reliever! 

To work my abs, I love doing this six pack workout that’s on the XHIT Daily YouTube channel. It’s about 11 minutes long and really works all the muscles in the stomach in a really short space of time. You repeat every move twice so by the end of it your abs are aching! 

Recently, I’ve really gotten into yoga. It’s a lovely way to stretch out my muscles after a long week and really relaxing. The channel I use is Yoga With Adrienne and she was loads and loads of yoga workouts for you to do from the comfort of your own home. She also really explains each move to you so if you’re not feeling a sweaty sesh give this a go! 

So there my favourite home workouts at the moment. However, I’m pretty sure I’ll get a little bored of these in a month or so and I’ll need to switch it up again but what’s brilliant with working out at home is that when I do get a little restless alls I have to do is go on YouTube and find a new workout to do. Brilliant! 

What I Use for Dark Circles

I don’t know about you lot but I go through phases of having amazing sleep and hardly any sleep. At the moment I’m going through a ‘no sleep’ phase which although brilliant for my night owl writing style is playing absolute havoc on my under eye area. I don’t know if it’s with my unusual working pattern or my body going insane alls I know is that my dark circles have never been darker! At times like these, I’m desperate to try any new products which promise me instant results in getting rid of dark circles. 


At the moment I’m trying a product by a brand called Skyn Iceland, it’s called Icelandic Relief Eye Cream and it’s meant to soothe tired and darkened eyes. I got a free sample with a Cult Beauty order recently and it really proved useful after my boyfriend accidentally woke us up over an hour earlier than we needed to be after a late night and my eyes looked like they belonged to Carrie or something! 


On days like this I also use two concealers so there is NO WAY them dark circles are visible! Before applying my foundation I go in with my Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer, this is perfect as the wand applicator lets you apply this product in the precise areas you need it. After that, I do my foundation as normal and then go in with my other concealer, this is the Estée Lauder Doublewear Cobcealer. This comes in a pot so I tend to dab my middle or ring finger with the product and then just gently dab it on my under eye area once again. After this I use my powder, bronzer and blusher as normal and then finish off by doing my brows and mascara.


And there go! That’s how I make myself look slightly more human in the mornings after a late night and super early morning!