Laurie Scheer, Media Goddess, is a former vice president of programming for WE: Women’s Entertainment. She has worked as an assistant, d-girl, and producer for ABC, Viacom, Showtime, and AMC-Cablevision.
Laurie has been an instructor at numerous universities across the US including Northwestern, UCLA, American University, and Yale. She is the author of a book about working in Hollywood entitled Creative Careers in Hollywood and her DVD How to Pitch and Sell Your Screenplay has been a perennial favorite at screenwriting events.
As a professional speaker, she has appeared at annual conventions for NAB, NATPE, The Great American Pitch Fest, Screenwriters’ World, Reel Screen, WIFV, FTX West, the Willamette Writers Conference. She has served as a judge for numerous screenplay competitions, film festivals, and the International Emmys. She is currently a Faculty Associate/Writing Mentor with UW-Madison’s Continuing Studies Writing Department where she critiques writers’ works, conducts numerous online and in-person courses, and serves as the director of the Writer’s Institute. She is also the Founding Editor of the literary magazine, The Midwest Review. Her current interest is in exploring ways to preserve good storytelling within the 21st century transmedia marketplace and sharing her new book The Writer’s Advantage: A Toolkit for Mastering Your Genre (Michael Wiese Productions, 2014) with writers in-person, online, and worldwide.
In this episode, we are talking about leaving a six-figure corporate career and getting back into the classroom to teach, the tenacity and determination needed to be a successful writer, and get ready to find out who the egomaniac bitch really is!
Things you will learn in the episode:
- Making a shift – knowing when it’s time (1:07)
- Being petrified of change and staying in the same pain (17:30)
- See the world and take the risk (22:40)
- Using art to understand someone (26:30)
- Doing something physical to mentally prepare (33:00)
“I certainly could do the job, but I realized that I was exhausted. I did not enjoy going to work” (2:00)
“I agree with you. Absolutely. Having the tenacity and the determination to continue to look at that blank page every day on the computer screen or the notebook, whatever way one is writing, it takes a lot of courage to complete it.” (7:24)
“Memoir is a genre that is just on fire. It has been for awhile now and it continues to be because we’re so used to sharing our lives via social media, that we each think we are so important and have so much to share.” (9:20)
“I’m going to spend more time on myself, more time and money on myself.” (28:00)