In this episode I explain how to get your first few credits as a screenwriter and talk about why it’s so important to build your career one credit at a time.

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Click here to read a transcript of this episode.

Links mentioned in the show:

Short Film: The Lunch Date on YouTube.

Mastery by Robert Greene at

Selling Your Screenplay Select

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7 thoughts on “SYS Podcast Episode 004: How To Get Your First Few Screenwriting Credits”
  1. Hi Ashley,
    I really enjoyed your IPod it was very apprising, and definitely professional. There was one thing that distracted me from listening to you for a few moments, was a bright light above your head, and on your face got brighter for a few seconds, and then it returned to normal. Otherwise, I thought it was fantastic!
    My writing is kind of on standstill right now. However, I have made two good friends that live in UK. They have never written a screenplay but are excellent writers, and have their books self-published with CreateSpace. Do you think that they could use all your information in the UK?
    I wonder if you could use the movie “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?” as an example. There are only the four actors in this movie. Of course, I am sure this movie was written by a professional screenwriter. However, it does show a screenwriter that you can write a screenplay with a few characters.
    Thanks so much for all your help [please see PDF website below]'s+afraid+of+Virginia+Woolf.pdf
    Carol Foster

    1. Carol;

      Thanks for writing in. “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?” is a great example of a lean script that could be done on a fairly limited budget. Finding a great play and filming it is a good idea. “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?” was such a hit play I’m not sure you would ever find one that high profile to option unless you had a decent budget. But I’m quite sure there are ton of plays out there that are quite good, that were never turned into films and you they would probably be available to adapt.

      If you reverse engineer this, though, think about your own writing and write something as if it’s going to be a play that takes place all in one location. And then shoot it.

  2. Hello Ashley,

    I really enjoyed the podcast. After listening to all the tips you gave on short film, I was happy because I did all those things for my short film, What Comes Around, which won Best of Festival at the Metropolitan Film Festival of New York 2011. I want to share it with you and perhaps get your feedback on it if you are willing.

    Keep up the great work!

  3. Hi Ashley,

    I really enjoyed this podcast…….I have been taking your advice in regards to shorts and building
    credits and networking. I have 3 finished shorts and working on 3 more. These shorts are 40 pages or less. At this point for me it is not about selling, its about the credits to add to my resume.

    Thanks again,

  4. I really enjoyed the podcast. I have already written two feature screenplays but your advice for shorts it’s very useful! I’ll work on it. Thanks a lot for sharing!

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