As you may know if you’ve been reading this blog, I’m currently studying for my MFA in screenwriting at UCLA. I couldn’t have asked for a better, more exciting, more close-to-my-heart experience. Because, at the end of the day, I love stories and I get to geek out with other fellow writers over this shared passion. I’m obsessed with stories and I take film, TV and theater extremely seriously. I think stories are incredibly valuable in our society as simply a basic way of relating to each other as human beings.
But I do wonder about the practical side of making a living at this career choice. A lot. There’s way more supply than demand for talented writers. I know SO many great dramatic writers who just aren’t finding work. You get to make up stories for a living, of course you’re going to be competing like hell for a job writing for a TV show or a movie! So, it’s impossible for me not to think about a back-up money-making plan, especially since I’m 32. So of course, brainstorming alternate careers has become something of a hobby for me.
I recently came across the below info-graphic and thought this was a really helpful visual to share on the blog. It’s pretty self-explanatory, but basically, to find a successful career you want to find that sweet spot – the bold red intersection of the three circles.
Maybe this will stir up some ideas for you. I’m still thinking about where my sweet spot is.