How cocktail napkins gave one screenwriter his big break

There are a lot of people in the entertainment business who dream of the day they get “discovered.”
People that want to be an actor, or a director, or a screenwriter, that move off to one of the big cities with the hopes of being signed by a big agency and then skyrocketed to stardom.
And of course, it rarely works like that.
Most often these people move out to the big city and end up doing something else to make ends meet. They wait tables, or mix drinks, or do something to pay their bills while they wait to land their big break.
Such was the case for Aaron Sorkin.
He moved to New York in the hopes of becoming an actor and making it big.
What he ended up doing was delivering singing telegrams, driving a limo, and working as a bartender.
During his down time behind the bar, he used to write down ideas on cocktail napkins for a play that he was writing.
Then he would take them home and type them up, and try to make sense of them.
The script Aaron Sorkin had pieced together on these cocktail napkins eventually became “A Few Good Men.”
It opened up on Broadway. Nicole Kidman came to see the show and called her husband, Tom Cruise, to have him come watch it because she knew that he would want to play this amazing role.
Cruise loved it, so he was able to get Sorkin’s play turned into a movie, and the rest is history.
Hear Aaron Sorkin tell this story himself in the video below:
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Now, the important thing here is not that Sorkin got “discovered”, although of course it’s a cool story.
The important thing is that he had some sort of process for taking his ideas and turning them into something, even if that process was just writing out ideas on cocktail napkins.
It’s important to have some sort of process to get from that idea in your head, to the movie that Tom Cruise stars in.
That’s why the upcoming Screenwriting Workshop (… ) with Mary Davis is so important.
If Aaron Sorkin didn’t develop a solid process for coming up with ideas and turning them into screenplays, he’d still be behind the bar. Same goes for you.
If you want to work in film as a screenwriter or even as a director, you’ve got to have a good method to regularly get those ideas out of your head and turn them into words on paper, which will eventually become a film.
And for just $20, I can’t imagine an easier way to get started in developing your own screenwriting process and methods that work for you.
So instead of spending $20 on cocktails this weekend, invest in yourself (and that cocktail napkin): (… )
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