Before I moved to Australia, I spent 98% of my life in Zimbabwe only allowed to wear white because of my Mama’s church. In this video, I share a little anecdote about fighting to be seen as a person of colour when I was a teenager and then what happened when my parents sent me, […]
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“Pitching is a verbal way of selling your story, and I like to leave something visual so they remember my pitch.” — Sher-Li Tan I thought I was the Queen of Pitch Preparation until I met producer and filmmaker Sher-Li Tan. We first met at YouTube conference VidCon and she blew me away with how […]
“Children’s television is wonderful for people starting out in the industry because there tends to be more opportunity for people who don’t have a long list of credits.” — Wendy Gray I’ve fast-tracked a few skills after discovering the short courses offered by the Australian Film Television Radio School (AFTRS). In this episode, I chat […]
“…without the proper documentation proving the ownership of the work, there’s no protection from legal action.” — Dee Mbugua The world of television is full of great ideas and magic…and contracts and legal agreements that underpin how all that magic comes together. In this episode, lawyer Dee Mbugua explains what ‘chain of title’ means and […]
“The way that we can tell stories if we use audio, specifically fiction, is so interesting and diverse. Audio is such a freeing medium.” — Evrim Şen I joined the Australian Writers’ Guild (AWG) so I could meet inspiring young screenwriters like Evrim Şen. We met at an Animation Writing Workshop and hit it off […]
“I love that this younger generation is being more expressive and feeling their emotions, instead of trying to not feel things. ” — AJ Clementine We keep hearing that we need more authentic voices telling their own stories. But what does that look like when you’re creating a TV show with different characters? How do […]
“Read scripts from the shows you like and shows you don’t like. Have a good look at how they lay things out. ” — Wendy Hanna Wendy Hanna’s episode is full of great tips about writing, finding other writers, growing your community of writers and even entering writing competitions. Hear how we first met at […]
“The key thing is, these funding bodies want you to contact them. They’ll give you the time to explain what’s required because they want people to succeed as well. ” — Hawanatu Bangura How can you fund your creative projects whilst working a day job? Who do you need on your team to make your […]
“Don’t settle for a relationship with your accountant or bookkeeper that isn’t working for you. ” — Amanda Newton I know too many artists and creative people who don’t feel comfortable talking about money — how much to charge, how to get more of it, how to manage it, how to grow it etc. I’ve […]
“You keep the ship afloat by making sure everyone feels heard and happy.” — Meg O’Connell I met Meg O’Connell last year at Screen Forever, a conference hosted by Screen Producers Australia. When I found out she’d worked on Doodles, a kids’ show I’d been following, I asked if I could pick her brain about […]
‘You’re selling the sizzle, not the steak.” — John Armstrong My first guest in Season 2 of the podcast is screenwriter, script producer and script editor John Armstrong. We first met at a screenwriters’ pitch event in Sydney in 2017 and have since co-created a teen drama series which is in early stage development. In […]
Last November I applied for PRX‘s Google Podcasts Creator program, pitching the second season of Two Words with Taku. My pitch made it to the semi-finalist round out of 1000s of applications from around the world (OMG!), but I didn’t end up getting in. This trailer’s the audio sample I submitted to them and LOTS […]