Or someone who spent six months as an assistant for a boutique talent agency? But when you partner, as a writer, with a specific company or producer, at least you’re making that decision with your eyes open. Or a low-level exec who has worked at a ton of great companies…
Revises it based off their notes, sends it in again and gets a \recommend\ grade.
signs up for a few classes on the Writer’s Store to be evaluated by professionals. sends it in for coverage from a professional coverage service.
But many coverage services offer little, if any, information about who’s reading your work. Your script could even be read by the to have someone help you perfect your script, you should know who’s helping you.
You should find someone who understands you, your writing process, the story you want to tell, how you see the world.
Many times they were just areas particular people had a passion for; one exec loved animals… all their recommendations are worthless—just like the money you gave them to read the script.
(And FYI– if these people had their fingers on the pulse of what production companies and studios were actively seeking, they wouldn’t be working at coverage services; they’d be working at agencies or management firms or studios.
even if the other readers and I rarely knew what those were.
Sometimes, I would learn afterward, agents wanted the script read to see if the script had opportunities for a specific actor– or for CAA talent in general.
Sure, they may people at those companies; they may have friends who work there, or old colleagues…
they may even have an “open invitation” to send over material.
And while they may tell you whether or not your script is “good,” I refer you back to point #1: it’s usually not helpful just to know whether or not your script is “good.” If you want notes, suggestions, guidance, or thoughts on your script’s quality, they should come from someone who understands you, your vision, your goals, etc.—not a random, nameless reader just taking their 0 to write a report.) This may be the most important reason of all.