Exit Strategies

Preparing to Leave School and Begin Your Screenwriting Career

▶ By Gabrielle Kelly

To succeed in the competitive job market these days, you need not so much “strategy” singular as “strategies” plural. Think of these strategies as an ongoing process of building your skills, contacts, and experience. You’ll be making many “exits” over time in your work, so your strategy has to always be in play—and the better prepared you are, the more likely success will follow.

As a screenwriter, your work will be primarily freelancing. This isn’t specific to screenwriting, of course. Anyone who trains in arts and aspires to making a living in the arts realizes that they’re unlikely to find themselves working 9 to 5 in a cubicle with lunch breaks ...

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