On Thursday, my boss came back from California with two things.
A picture, and the first page of the studio script they had been recording, signed by the actors.
That’s right. My first script has officially been recorded. I have an Adventures in Odyssey episode with my name on it.
How crazy is that?
Now the page from the script is framed on my desk at work, the picture is being shared with all of you, and I am back at work developing my other pitches, scripts, and outlines, because life goes on and the world doesn’t stop for fanfare.
But that script page, for me, is a massive milestone. It’s a cumulation of nearly eight years of hard work and about seven months of the toughest writer’s bootcamp that you can possibly imagine. I had no idea what accepting this job would mean for my skills as a writer, or that I would discover just how much I really didn’t know within the process. I am learning from the very best in the business, and there is no scraping by with something half-done. The last seven months have been a lesson in intensity, but I have grown in leaps and bounds. This script is evidence of that.
Getting this job, despite all the other people applying for it, was a huge milestone in my career.
This first script is the next one.
Milestones are so important to celebrate and remember over the years, especially for the days when life gets discouraging. The script page, signed by the actors who brought it to life, is my celebration of this milestone. Whatever else happens this year, whatever else comes my way, I had a script recorded. One of my ideas worked out. That, for me, is a huge win.
The episode isn’t done yet by any means, but for now, it’s the sound guys’ problem, and I’ll be on to new projects and other things.
That, in itself, is worth celebrating.
What kind of milestones has 2020 brought to you thus far? Tell me about them in the comments!