More close encounters: Barbara Streisand, Robert DeNiro, Martin Scorsese, Mardik Martin and Lauren Bacall

Successful Hollywood screenwriters were once struggling to survive by washing dishes.  Famous movie stars were once terrified young wannabe actors, trying to get a break Robert DeNiro, Martin Scorsese and Mardik Martin The screenwriter Mardik Martin, who was teaching at USC whilst I worked there, had made friends with Martin Scorsese when they were both … Continue reading More close encounters: Barbara Streisand, Robert DeNiro, Martin Scorsese, Mardik Martin and Lauren Bacall

Close encounters: David Schwimmer, Ronald Reagan and Others

And some ideas about what it takes to make it in Hollywood DAVID SCHWIMMER During my second year of study at the University of Southern California, I took a beginner’s screenwriting course.  The class was a group of about fifteen students, mostly in their early twenties, who were taking a Masters in Film Production, together … Continue reading Close encounters: David Schwimmer, Ronald Reagan and Others

The War of Attrition

There has been much talk about the power of resilience in the press, with news outlets reporting that it is this quality that, above all, determines whether we succeed or fail. https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/may/07/is-grit-the-true-secret-of-success A lot of creative success seems to be just down to this: keeping going. There was one professor at the University of Southern … Continue reading The War of Attrition

A New Year’s Gift for anyone who’d like a moment off

Just planning my first writing class of the year - there's something about the lovely energy of the writing group - I am really looking forward to it and finding it difficult to articulate exactly why it lifts my spirits just to think about meeting up with these students in a few hours. The answer … Continue reading A New Year’s Gift for anyone who’d like a moment off