Storytellers, we have a treat for you! Colleen McGuinness is a gem of a human being. I absolutely loved chatting with her about work and life– from how she landed representation, to the tricky discussion about networking, to balancing work and family. As you’ll hear, she’s an incredibly kind and generous person with so much wisdom to share. I walked away from the interview feeling so fired up and ready to take on the world. I’m thrilled to share her episode with you– You’ll love all her takeaways!
“When you’re giving someone a script to read, make sure its really great. And not just good.”
“Telling stories is about taking your experience from life & putting them down on paper wherever you are.”
What You’ll Learn From This Episode:
- Pilotseason and the process of staffing and writing
- How to pitch your pilot and the styles of presenting a pitch
- How an externship program in college helped Colleen achieve the success she has now
- Manageable steps to get you closer to your goals as a writer
- Not being able to land a temp job in the industry and how it works to a writer’s advantage
- How to balance your career and your loved ones
Learn More About Colleen McGuinness
Colleen McGuinness has written for numerous television shows, including NBC’s Emmy-winning comedy 30 Rock. As a writer-producer on the show, she shared in the show’s 2013 Emmy nomination, as well as its 2013 and 2014 WGA nominations and 2014 PGA nomination. A Harvard graduate, McGuinness is the creator of the comedy pilot Lonelyville, executive produced by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, which is currently in development at Universal Television. She has also written a number of studio and independent film scripts. McGuinness’s latest project is a comedy pilot for F/X, which is executive produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.
“Go where it’s warm.”
Colleen’s Recommended Books:
Bird by Bird: Some Instruction on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron