The movie industry is a monster.
It will eat you up, spit you out, and never look back. So, to get what you want, you have to fight for it. The best example I can give you at the moment is this story:
This little girl has a once in a chance opportunity and do you think she's relying on anyone else to get her to Tinsel Town? No! She has totally taken life by the horns and is captain of her own destiny. (I can say this with my pride in my font because this little girl happens to be my daughter!)
Our family has obstacles, whose doesn't? But for my daughter, Keagan, the word NO is not an option. She believes. She fights. She wills. She overcomes.
We all need that tenacity in life, no matter if you're a screenwriter, a gaffer, a pediatrician or an electrician!
Do you have a story? Write it! Take criticism constructively! Make notes, changes and whatever it takes to get your work read! And then... like my little girl....
DON'T GIVE UP!!!!