Selling a Script — Know Los Angeles The Way a Native Does (Or Try To, At Least)

In terms of selling a script, a simple thing that most people don’t understand about telling a good lie (and feel free to use the following information in other parts of your life, albeit hopefully not for evil) is that, much like a great joke, it has to be mostly based in truth. If something sounds too good to be true, or too exaggerated to feel like reality, then usually, people can sniff out that it’s a fake from several miles away.

As goofy as this may sound, you may want to watch a couple seasons of Entourage to familiarize yourself with the town and the places in it. While the quality of the show itself is debatable (especially in the later seasons), it cannot be denied that a majority of the show is actually shot on location in LA, so you have a great idea of what the city looks like. Also, they name check a lot of places that are prominent to the industry on there as well, so it is a good place to begin to learn some industry speak, if you are unfamiliar with it.

You may not be able to live in Los Angeles right now, but that certainly doesn’t mean that you can’t learn about the lay of the land. Try and commit to memory where the studios are located – try to know that Universal is located in North Hollywood, near Studio City, or that Disney and Warner Brothers are in the east, and that a lot of television production takes place out there. Know that a lot of business lunches take place at the Ivy – these are the kinds of little details that, unfortunately, industry people will judge you on, and even if you don’t live out there, if you are familiar with the lay of the land, you will have a much better chance at making a positive impression on some high-ranking executive and selling a script.