Show Bible: Dog Park

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This post is locked to Patrons at the Writer’s Workshop tier and above. If you’d like to join, check out www.katehackett.com/patronage I needed to redo my show bible, if you want to look at it and see if I FUCKED UP ANYTHING?? before sending it along to an agent, that’d be neat! https://drive.google.com/open?id=1JznD7obTeAt0_hS2A0ilpJiKT1p1xH7e Share this:Click […]
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#FemaleFilmmakerFriday – Stop Being Afraid of Being Annoying!

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I’m afraid of being annoying on social media. How can I promote my work and not bother people?

My very short advice is: stop caring. …but I know that’s not very constructive.

I think this particular question is one a lot of women face in many capacities: how do I make sure I am not perceived as annoying/bitchy/bossy/mean/rude. On social media, the fear is exacerbated because we can’t see the people on the other side of the screen and we don’t really know what their reactions to us might be.

Case in point, when I was working on Classic Alice, we ran two crowdfunding campaigns; the only way to really drive traffic to the campaign (or to the series) was to write about it All. The. Time. and Ev.Ery.Where. There is no other option. I bumped into people in the community upset with me for being aggressive and I remember thinking at the time:

Do male creators get this much guff for something so vital to the longevity of the show?

So I poked around and didn’t see a whisper directed to male creators working in similar spheres or running crowdfunding campaigns. That’s not to say it never happened, but I wasn’t able to track it down. And I thought: well, why? What is the difference?

I have a very hard time believing that the audience for Alice actually ever would believe women should be quieter than men, but somewhere along the line, that notion gets so deep within us it’s hard to shake. I wound up writing a post explaining why I was aggressively promoting my campaign but I was, if I’m being super honest, kind of resentful of it: why do I have to explain myself? Why do I have to defend my desire to keep 80+ people employed for a few months?

The reality is: I shouldn’t. I shouldn’t have to do that. But my choice was to either ignore it or try to embrace a teachable moment, which is what my longer advice to anyone struggling with feeling obnoxious on social media is: first, of course, stop caring. But second, can you reframe the entire thing as a potential for learning? You would learn to develop the patience for dealing with disgruntled fans and your fans, hopefully, learn just how fucking hard it is to keep a low budget digital series alive.

I know that made the whole thing more palatable for me: how about you?

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TIME CHANGE: our hang

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I’m sorry! But not really. A lot of you know that I lost a cat last month & have been looking for a new pal to join the family; there’s an adoption event that I need to attend …at 11am. SO. I need to change our time! Let’s do 10:00am with a hard out for […]
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SKETCH SCRIPT: The Loudest Library

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BTS Tier Hangout April

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#FemaleFilmmakerFriday – Agents, Managers, and Representation

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#FemaleFilmmakerFriday – Promoting the Show When It’s Over

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How do you keep promoting work that’s finished?

When the show is “running”, it’s super easy to post about it — after all, you have new content to promote every single week. But all good things come to an end and, at some point, you’re going to want to wrap it up. By the time you’re finished, you’re probably pretty drained anyway — on top of creating your masterpiece, you’ve also spent so much time and energy on social media.

So first up — do you even bother continuing to post? Sure. But you can relax the schedule. You have a finished product now and that’s going to be more appealing to different people than the ones you attracted first. Some people like binging. Something I did for Classic Alice when we were totally done was I recut the entire series to be easily bingeable: I squashed episodes together, redid the title sequences, and uploaded it all to Amazon.

You can also take your project onto different platforms. With Classic Alice, we ran originally on YouTube then moved the entire show to Amazon/Amazon Prime, which (at the time) was offering a pretty juicy payment for us. You can move to Vimeo or Funny or Die or wherever — just make it an Event! around which you can push your social media content.

After a while, though, there’s nowhere new to go and you just have a completed show on your hands. I think it’s fine at that point to slow down your social hollering and share photos or tidbits once in a while — special days, when you’re feeling nostalgic… It just becomes a more natural part of your social media calendar.

And there is still value, once in a while, in looking around for existing conversations/threads and sharing your show specifically with people who might like it, or letting Reddit leaders know about your show, or any of the other tactics you originally used: it just shouldn’t be your main drive anymore because, I hope, you’ve moved on to other shows and still have so much more story to tell the world!

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Self Tape Audition – Scene 3

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#FemaleFilmmakerFriday – How to Delegate …on set and off!

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Self Tape Audition – Scene 2

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