This piece was originally published on SaraSchaefer.com. It's republished here with permission.
This past fall, I had the amazing privilege of hiring a writing staff for my upcoming TV show, Nikki & Sara Live. I was flattered and honored when hundreds of people applied. It was a super fun experience, but it was also an incredibly illuminating one. Reading so many packets made a couple of things very very clear: there are some really easy, basic things you can do to improve your chances of getting a job writing for TV. Before I give you those tips, however, I want to give a little context.
I think that [...]
Those teenage years, they're rough. That's why I like Rookie's Ask a Grown Man feature, as it lets those poor, confused teenagers get advice from grown ups they respect a lot more than their stupid parents, who totally don't understand them. The latest entry in the series features Mike Birbiglia giving some pretty solid advice on subjects such as kissing, sexist jokes, and broken hearts, and somewhat less solid advice on high-waisted jeans. Just have him stick to the subject of human connections and avoid fashion and you'll be fine, teenage girls.
Where the most relatable creative ambition was once to write the Great American Novel, it is now to maintain the Great American Twitter Feed. And who better to give advice on how to tweet comedically than the Fitzgeralds and Hemingways of Twitter? Here's a sample tip from Mystery Science Theater 3000 writer Bill Corbett:
Try to understand the short form, and be playful within it. Not everything needs to read like a classic "premise, punchline" joke…But understand that tastes vary wildly. Not everyone will think you're hilarious, and some dicks will make sure to tell you so. Don't worry about it.
Quick, before he gets away, let's all [...]
Curb Your Enthusiasm producer Gavin Polone's advice for NBC: look to the example of cable networks by spending less on riskier shows that shoot for a niche audience – and probably a male one, since CBS, ABC and Fox have average audiences of 56, 54 and 43.5. Jeez, old people really love network television.
“Dance like the photo’s never going to be tagged; Love like you’ve never been defriended; Tweet like no one’s following.”
-Henry David Thoreau
Romantic, isn’t it? Tweet as you will, if you actually had zero followers it would be hard not to let yourself straighten out a curve on the Pacific Coast Highway and plummet blissfully down onto the rocky cliffs below, where at least you’d feel something.
Admit it, it’s fine, you want followers. How many? How many is enough? 200,000? Well as the saying goes, “if you want 200,000 followers, follow 200,000 auto follow-back robots.” But some of us want humans to like us too, and that’s [...]