I remember the first time I played golf. It was a par 3 course in Sherman Oaks. I parred my first hole. I didn’t par any holes for the rest of the day, but I was relaxed and had fun. And played well.
Then I had a lesson.
As my partner likes to say, One Good Golf Lesson Can Ruin Your Whole Swing!
Suddenly, I knew how much I didn’t know. Straighten your back, pinky’s linked, thumb over thumb. I was a wreck. Not only did I not par, I double bogeyed every hole. Ugh.
They call it Beginner’s Luck, but it’s really just doing something without judgement. We’ve all experienced it. Whether it’s working as a PA on your first shoot or acting in high school. Until you learn how much you don’t know, you do your best without judgement and usually perform spectacularly.
The problem with trying a different branch of the film industry tree is you already know you don’t know anything. So instead of just writing a story you want to tell, you freeze, unsure of where to start or what to say.
How can you get back to Beginner’s Luck? Remember you’re a beginner.
You may be the go-to cinematographer for Steven Spielberg, but he’s not the guy to whom you’ll show your first draft! You won’t even ask him writing questions. Well, he’s not a writer. But still.
You need a space where it’s safe to be a beginner. No matter how knowledgeable you are in your area of expertise.
This is that safe place.
Through the use of my expertise and the exercises I’ve collected / created over the years, you’ll create your own writing process and face the blank page easily and effortlessly. Set up a strategy call. Let’s see what your goals are and if you can achieve them with my help.
Break a pencil,
Therese Lentz has been working in the Film and Theater industry since she first moved to Los Angeles. She has written and produced three short films: A Fine Line, A Bad Lie, and House Haunters. The first two are the first two chapters of a film Anthology she has written entitled Next. House Haunters was created as part of the Los Angeles 48 Hour Film Festival and is posted on YouTube. She is currently in Pre-Production for her fourth short film, Mirror Image, as well as adapting her full-length play 221B Baker Street into a feature film. The original was premiered at The Group Repertory Theater, as part of the Equity Waiver program. She has performed in many theatrical productions in and around LA and was honored to win a Drama-Logue Award for her performance as Gwendolyn Fairfax in Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. She has recently added Narrator to her list of accomplishments.
The first film I produced. Starring me. Aha! So long ago that YouTube wasn't allowing more than 7 minutes at a time to be uploaded.
A play I'm currently adapting into a screenplay. It was produced at The Group Repertory Theater in North Hollywood. Here's an article about it. And me.
My first foray into the 48 Hour Film Festival. Enjoy!