Bela Lampert

Optioned Screenwriter
Yoga Instructor

How Not To Go Into Pitches

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How Not To Go Into Pitches

I saw pitches completely wrong for a very long time.

I thought when I pitch somebody, be it a producer, manager, agent, publisher, whoever… I always thought it’s about convincing the other person that you have a great project.

And yes, trying to show the strongest side of your project is part of it. I’m not saying that you don’t need a strong project. 

Because you do.

But what I’m talking about is the “convincing” part.

It took me a while to realize that this is not about trying to force your project onto someone and doing what it takes to get that person to say “yes”.

But rather, it’s a conversation between two people in order to see if they’re a good fit for one another.

So, I’d say it’s less about convincing and more about filtering.

If you have a project and you pitch it to someone and that person says “no”, that only means that this is not the right person to partner up with you.

So, what you should do instead is trying to find the people who actually want what you have to offer.

If you keep at it, eventually you will be a good enough writer who has great projects to offer. 

Now it’s a matter of finding the right people who can take it further.

It doesn’t matter how many doors have been closed to you in the past.

Don’t worry about it and don’t feel bad about it.

That only shuts down your inspiration.

Just keep going and try to find the people who are equally excited about your project as you are.

So, next time you go into a pitch, don’t try to shove your project down someone’s throat. Don’t try to be someone you’re not.

Just talk to that person to see if the two of you are a good fit.

And if you’re not, just move on. No hard feelings.

Keep creating and keep your inspiration up!

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