I’m still trying to figure out how this happened. It’s been awhile since I’ve advanced in any contest. Actually, I can’t remember the last time anything like this has happened to me. I’ve gotten so use to the rejection letters it feels like that’s all I’ve ever received. Over the past couple of years I’ve only submitted to one or two contest and nothing ever came of it. When I initially started this writing journey seven years ago I was submitting to everything! Now I’m at the point where I just want to focus on my craft and apply to opportunities that help me develop my craft, like this one.
When I applied to this opportunity I honestly thought there was no way I would be selected to the next round. I figured they would read my submission and think it was a good idea, but then look at my resume/bio and put me in the rejection pile. It’s not that I didn’t believe in the idea I was submitting, I just thought that they were probably looking for people already in the industry or people who have web series already on YouTube and a huge following. I’m just a single mom raising my teenage daughter, while living in Dayton, Ohio and working a basic 9 to 5 and writing before and after.
They still wanted to know more.
Even if I don’t make it to the next round after this, being selected to advance to the second round has inspired me tremendously. I know this script idea I have is a game changer for me. Whether it moves on to the next round is to be determined at a later time. So in the meantime, I’ll be working around the clock this weekend to get my script into the best possible shape I can get it. It would be an honor to develop this project with this group of talented creatives. If I don’t get selected things will still be okay. Like everyone else who submitted to this opportunity and other opportunities like it, I’ll keep pushing forward knowing that my day will eventually come.
Like I said…
I’m just a single mom with a dream. An outsider trying to break in to Hollywood. Maybe this opportunity could get me one step closer.