So, my sister and I have an agent.
We’ve been repped for about a month, but I’m only now getting around to saying something, because it seemed strange to just blurt out “Hey, there’s a guy who talks about us in meetings hoping to find us employment.” Actually, that’s still weird — but, the ‘agent thing’ is such a milestone to most people, it actually felt weirder not to acknowledge it. So, it’s weird either way, and that about sums up my life right there.
I know the first question you’re going to ask. Well, maybe not the first, but some of you will ask it at some point — “How did you get your agent?”
Here are the things I did not do:
I did not cold call anyone.
I did not query anyone.
I did not sleep with anyone (I feel like that’s worth mentioning).
My mantra for the many years I’ve been running this blog is that Relationships are Everything. Julie (my sister) and I got our agent because of who we knew, and who they knew who might be looking to rep someone like us. That person then reached out to us to submit material, which we did. He liked it, liked us and asked to represent us.
That sounds easy, doesn’t it? Well, it took a hell of a lot of time and relationships to pull that off.
So, what does this mean for us? Primarily it means that the Benson Sisters are an official writing entity — we have been for awhile, but we are really marketing and branding ourselves (I shudder to say that) as sisters who write genre together. There are a couple of other sister teams out there, one of which I can think of that also does genre, so it’s a narrow field, but makes us appealing as a unit.
So, that’s it — piece of cake, right? Well, not really. The work is far from over and is, in fact, just beginning. We need to rewrite one of our pilot specs and write a new one entirely — it turns out we don’t quite have the material we need for staffing season, so right now we are focused on quickly getting stuff together. And when I say quickly, I mean by the first of the year.
Meanwhile, that webseries project I sold with Bernie Su earlier this year is still moving along. We’re about to do the second rewrite on the script. After that — hopefully they get a director and talent attached and start finding sponsors. A long way toward production yet.
But Julie and I are about to enter our first real staffing season. Pray for us.
This post was written by Shawna on December 1, 2012