“Lucky, ready, useful” is the take away from WonderCon.
The idea is that most of opportunity comes from some kind of luck. Being at a convention, running into someone on a street or getting your resume or book noticed. Once that happens you get that one chance to be ready. Business card, printed script, URL, portfolio, demo reel, whatever it is that you are wanting to be noticed about needs to be available right then and there. Finally, and this is the point of the “rocking later” story, can you help the person. Can you write, draw or do what you say you can do. Not just “want to do.” Can you do.
Ahh, the rub. The idea that you have to practice your craft or the craft you want to do next. Not just lip service to doing it. You don’t get to write Justice League stories by showing up. You need to have done your homework in advance.
This goes back to something I tell artists that say “someday, I’m going to be an artist.” I ask them, “aren’t you an artist now?” Like you somehow magically make the transition from wannabe to really doing it. Much like Arthur was made king by a tart flinging sabers from a pond. It’s always about a mindset. Not a license, card or diploma.
As luck would have it, there in front of me was the story editor for a show that I said a long time ago I’d love to work on. I remember walking around for weeks with that meme in my head. I guess I wasn’t really serious about it because I soon forgot that “dream” moving on to the next. I could have pitched him but I didn’t have a “writer card” on me nor did I have URLs ready with past work for that kind of future work. Not ready. I also realized I was wildly out of date as to what was happening on the show. I do know the seven core characters really well, but the timelines and old plots… I’d need months to get up to date. Not useful at all.
And that’s the overall problem. Next.