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FRIDAY NIGHT DRINKS – APRIL 3, 2015

by on Mar.23, 2015, under events, Featured

Friday Night Social ~ NEW LOCATION ~ April 3, 2015

 

Event Date: Friday, April 3, 2015  || Starts at 6:30 pm  || Co-sponsoring with Jennifer Grisanti

Friday Night Social is a networking group that meets the first Friday of every month. It started as a way for TV and feature writers to meet one another and has evolved into so much more. This is a great way to “Network”. Plan on meeting people from different areas and levels in the entertainment industry.  

NEW LOCATION THIS MONTH ~ Please see below for details

IMPORTANT:

Please REGISTER before 10:00 pm on Thursday, April 2, 2015.

 

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This month’s Friday Night Social is a free event being held at Pearl’s Sunset Strip.   Please join Jennifer Grisanti and SWN at this new location, the entire first floor, for this month’s Friday Night Social “Networking” event.

Pearl’s Sunset Strip is a bar and restaurant located on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. Known for its menu of decadent cocktails, delicious foods, unique decor and stunning rooftop decks.   Two levels at this location with each level having its own bar and restrooms to make it truly private.

Pearls provide a great experience to its guests.   This hidden gem, under new management, is at a great location on Sunset Boulevard,  walkable to everything West Sunset worth going to.

 

Join us on the first Friday in March at Pearl’s Sunset Strip:

Pearls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pearls 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pearls 3

 

Pearls 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Visiting Pearl’s Sunset Strip, Co-Sponsors of this event – (R) Jennifer Grisanti of Jen Grisanti Consultancy & (L) Melessa Y. Sargent, President of SWN)

New Time for this event:

Starts at 6:30 pm – Ends at 9:30 pm

 

Location:

PEARL’S SUNSET STRIP

8909 W Sunset Boulevard

West Hollywood, California 90069

Phone # 310.360.6800

(Corner of N. San Vicente Blvd. and Sunset Blvd.)

 


CITY OF SANTA MONICA:
Take the 10 EAST, exit La Cienega Blvd going North. Merge onto San Vicente Blvd. Make a left on Sunset Blvd.

THE VALLEY
Take 405 SOUTH. Exit Sunset going East.

EAST LOS ANGELES
Take 101 NORTH. Exit Sunset going West.

 


Valet parking is available in the front. Multiple parking lots around the area, including one behind Pearl’s off of Clark St. Plenty of street metered parking.

 

Admission:

FREE — pay for your own food, cocktails & parking.

**Happy Hour specials!      Check in with us at the entrance to receive your name tags for networking.

**Complimentary finger food will be provided for our Networking Group!

 

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Happy Networking!

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STORYWISE © 5-Week TV Pilot Teleseminar

by on Mar.16, 2015, under events, Featured

This is a 5-week program designed to help you write a high quality TV pilot. In 5-weeks, I will teach you how to learn to write at a level that will help lead your script to a sale, get staffed on a show, place in a writing competition or get into one of the various writing programs. This course is everything that I teach in Writers on the Verge and more.

 

Last year we had over 100 writer participants from all over the world. You will not only learn all of the story tools that you need to succeed, you will gain the opportunity to be in a private community of writers. This community is a very valuable resource. You all will have the opportunity to learn from one another via networking, exchanging scripts and possibly starting your own writer groups.

 

I’ve seen the success from this course first-hand. Many of the writers who have taken this 5-week course have gone on to sell pilots, get staffed on TV shows and get into several of the prestigious writing programs. 28 of my writers have sold pilots… and 4 of them have gone to series.

 

The class takes place on Tuesday nights at 7:00 p.m. PST. Each class will consist of a half-hour of instruction (you will receive these videos before each class to watch at your leisure.) Each call is approximately 2 – 2 ½ hours in length. On each call, we will go over the notes for the 5 writers participating at Level #3. You will have an opportunity to read their scripts and make your own notes each week. You will also get to share your notes with those writers directly. This is what we do in Writers on the Verge. It is a way to prepare you for being in the Writers’ Room. Then, five people that sign up each week will get an opportunity to pitch to a guest speaker. We all learn from hearing others pitch. This part of the program was designed to help you learn from the pitching style of others as well as give you the opportunity to pitch yourself. It’s an invaluable tool. Every level will have an opportunity to sign up for this.

 

LEVEL 1

At Level 1, you get to participate in all 5 classes. You will receive a recording of the classes. You will have an opportunity to sign up to pitch to my weekly guest speakers. You get to be part of a private Facebook community. You will also get to turn in a 1-2 page pitch document on your TV pilot script. You will receive written feedback. You have up to a year after the course is finished to turn this in.

SERVICE FEE – $200.00
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LEVEL 2
At Level 2, you get to participate in all 5 classes. You will receive a recording of the classes. You will have an opportunity to sign up to pitch to my weekly guest speakers. You get to be part of a private Facebook community. This level also includes a one-on-one consult for your TV spec and/or TV Pilot script.
FOR THE 5-WEEK COURSE PLUS A ONE ON ONE PILOT CONSULT
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WEEK 1, Tuesday, April 14, 2015

We will go over the notes for the concepts for the pilot scripts for Level #3.

GUEST SPEAKERS – STACY RUKEYSER AND CLARK PETERSON

STACY’S CREDITS – (CO-EP – TWISTED, THE LYING GAME)

CLARK’S CREDITS (PRODUCER – KAHLIL GIBRAN’S THE PROPHET, MONSTER, RAMPART)

 

WEEK 2, Tuesday April 21, 2015

We will go over the notes for the outlines for the pilot scripts for Level #3.

GUEST SPEAKER – NICHELLE TRAMBLE

(SUPERVISING PRODUCER- THE GOOD WIFE)

Nichelle will listen go 5 pitches and give critiques.

 

WEEK 3, Tuesday April 28, 2015

We will go over the notes for the first draft or first half of the first draft of the TV pilot scripts for Level #3.

GUEST SPEAKER – LEE JESSUP

AUTHOR – “GETTING IT WRITE: A SCREENWRITING CAREER”

 

WEEK 4, Tuesday May 5, 2015

We will go over the notes for the second draft or full-first draft of the TV pilot scripts for Level #3.

GUEST SPEAKER – MICHAEL NARCUCCI

(CO-EP – THE ORIGINALS, VAMPIRE DIARIES)

 

WEEK 5, Tuesday May 12, 2015

We will go over the notes for the third draft of the TV pilot scripts for Level #3.

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FRIDAY NIGHT DRINKS – FRIDAY MARCH 6, 2015 – NEW LOCATION – Pearls on Sunset

by on Feb.12, 2015, under events, Featured, Personal tips

Friday Night Social ~ NEW LOCATION ~ March 6, 2015

 

Event Date: Friday, March 6, 2015  || Starts at 6:30 pm  || Co-sponsoring with Jennifer Grisanti

Friday Night Social is a networking group that meets the first Friday of every month. It started as a way for TV and feature writers to meet one another and has evolved into so much more. This is a great way to “Network”. Plan on meeting people from different areas and levels in the entertainment industry.  

NEW LOCATION THIS MONTH ~ Please see below for details

IMPORTANT:

Please REGISTER before 10:00 pm on Thursday, March 5, 2015.

 

register_button

 

This month’s Friday Night Social is a free event being held at Pearl’s Sunset Strip.   Please join Jennifer Grisanti and SWN at this new location, the entire first floor, for this month’s Friday Night Social “Networking” event.

Pearl’s Sunset Strip is a bar and restaurant located on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. Known for its menu of decadent cocktails, delicious foods, unique decor and stunning rooftop decks.   Two levels at this location with each level having its own bar and restrooms to make it truly private.

Pearls provide a great experience to its guests.   This hidden gem, under new management, is at a great location on Sunset Boulevard,  walkable to everything West Sunset worth going to.

 

Join us on the first Friday in March at Pearl’s Sunset Strip:

Pearls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pearls 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pearls 3

 

Pearls 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Visiting Pearl’s Sunset Strip, Co-Sponsors of this event – (R) Jennifer Grisanti of Jen Grisanti Consultancy & (L) Melessa Y. Sargent, President of SWN)

New Time for this event:

Starts at 6:30 pm – Ends at 9:30 pm

 

Location:

PEARL’S SUNSET STRIP

8909 W Sunset Boulevard

West Hollywood, California 90069

Phone # 310.360.6800

(Corner of N. San Vicente Blvd. and Sunset Blvd.)

 


CITY OF SANTA MONICA:
Take the 10 EAST, exit La Cienega Blvd going North. Merge onto San Vicente Blvd. Make a left on Sunset Blvd.

THE VALLEY
Take 405 SOUTH. Exit Sunset going East.

EAST LOS ANGELES
Take 101 NORTH. Exit Sunset going West.

 


Valet parking is available in the front. Multiple parking lots around the area, including one behind Pearl’s off of Clark St. Plenty of street metered parking.

 

Admission:

FREE — pay for your own food, cocktails & parking.

**Happy Hour specials!      Check in with us at the entrance to receive your name tags for networking.

**Complimentary finger food will be provided for our Networking Group!

 

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WILL REGRET, SIGNIFICANCE OR ACCOMPLISHMENT WIN AT THE OSCARS?

by on Feb.10, 2015, under Featured

What film will win the Best Picture Oscar this year? Will it be the one with the greatest production accomplishment? Will it be the one that takes you deep inside a character’s subjective world-view and makes you see life from his limited perspective? Or, will it be the story that has the most historical significance?

I love and appreciate the accomplishments of all of the films nominated for Best Picture this year. From a story perspective, most of them were spot on. We felt the stories. We rooted for the outcomes. We were mesmerized by the transformations. We applauded the spirit. We learned about people and situations that contributed to our world today. We connected with the emotional moments on a universal level. We felt the loss. We applauded the contributions. We grew up and we evolved. Yet still, some of the films resonated with me a lot more than others.

At the moment the three major contenders for best film appear to be BOYHOOD, BIRDMAN and THE IMITATION GAME. All three movies are brilliant in very different ways. It will be interesting to see if the voters go for nostalgia and production accomplishment, what life looks like from a limited worldview through incredible cinematic vision or the significance of a contribution left to the world by someone who while alive was never celebrated for his astounding accomplishments.

In BOYHOOD, we see the moments of what it is to grow up, what it is to parent, and what it is to evolve. We see a family start, fall apart, and come back together. We see our own families in some of these moments and feel our own nostalgia for what it is to grow up. The storytelling is not conventional. It is pieces of a life. I loved seeing what scenes were chosen to reflect the growth of the boy and the family. The determination it took to film over 12 years is a mind-blowing accomplishment.

With BIRDMAN, we experience what it is to see the world through a very limited worldview. I wrote a long time ago, “The best way to tell a strong story is to be present when your own is happening.” This idea is reflected in the wound/flaw of Birdman’s central character; his inability to be present. At first it feels like a narcissistic rant, but the story moves into deeper territory. It hits on universal themes with his of regret over a past choice, dysfunctional familial relationships, (the one that seems to cause him the most pain is between he and his daughter, and honestly, their dynamic is one of my FAVORITE parts of the film), his addiction/obsession with feeling validated, his limited worldview due to being manic, his living in what was versus what is, the list goes on. Birdman made me empathize with life from his perspective. It resonated with me strongly because it ‘s about the idea of the moments we can miss when we’re not present while in pursuit of a dream. The way that it’s shot like a play makes it stand out even more.

In THE IMITATION GAME, we learn about the tremendous contribution made by an individual whose intelligence and leadership shortened the Second World War and saved millions of lives. The tragedy is that such a beautiful mind was convicted for the then criminal offense of homosexuality. The precipitating events shortened his life, and he didn’t live to see his secret role in the war declassified and his accomplishment celebrated. This story is phenomenal. I thought every character and every moment was threaded perfectly throughout. I loved how Alan named his machine after his childhood love, Christopher, who influenced him to go into cryptography and whose own life ended far too soon. Alan names his machine Christopher so his first love can live on. The film’s dialogue is witty and clever. The goal is clear. The stakes are very high and we are reminded of them throughout. The subtext in certain moments takes you deep into how Alan Turing views the world and what keeps him isolated. I really felt this story. I loved the quote that was delivered in three different critical moments, “Sometimes it is the very people who no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine.”

All three films are tremendous achievements in varying ways and all have great value. It will be fascinating to see if the voters cast their ballots for nostalgia and durational accomplishment, regret over life’s missed moments or historical significance and contribution. All three movies bring us into life perspectives that make us feel the powerful themes of the films.

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FRIDAY NIGHT DRINKS – FEBRUARY 6, 2015 AT BUSBY’S AT 6:30 P.M.

by on Feb.04, 2015, under events, Featured

Friday Night Social ~ February 6, 2015

September 7, 2014

Event Date: Friday, February 6, 2015 || Starts at 6:30 pm || Co-sponsoring with Jennifer Grisanti

Friday Night Social is a networking group that meets the first Friday of every month. It started as a way for TV and feature writers to meet one another and has evolved into so much more. This is a great way to “Network”. Plan on meeting people from different areas and levels in the entertainment industry.

IMPORTANT:

Please REGISTER before 10:00 pm on Thursday, February 5, 2015.

This month’s Friday Night Social is a free event being held at Busby’s East. Please join Jennifer Grisanti and SWN in a “private room with bar” exclusively for this Friday Night “Networking” event.

 

REGISTER HERE

 

What makes Busby’s the best sports bar?  Busby’s food is FANTASTIC!  How many of you specifically go out for dinner to a sports bar in Santa Monica or L.A.?  Exactly.

Busby’s food is not your normal bar grub, although we have amazing Buffalo wings, fantastic pizzas and the “Best Burger in town”.  Super tender, slow-cooked BBQ brisket, pulled pork, baby back ribs, country fried chicken, incredible pizzas, 20 different good Ol’ boy sandwiches & salads, and authentic Mexican food.  A feast!!!  An incredible, comfortable dining experience, while in the background, any game of your choice, any sport, anywhere in the world, is shown on 50 huge plasma TVs for the ultimate sports bar experience.  Busby’s is the only sports bar that serves a complete breakfast Saturday and Sunday and offers a champagne sports brunch on the weekends.

 

Join us on the first Friday of every month at Busby’s East:

Starts at 6:30 pm – Ends at 9:30 pm

 

Location:

Busby’s East

5364 Wilshire Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90036

(Near La Brea on Wilshire)

Admission:

FREE — pay for your own food/cocktails/parking

**Happy Hour special – $4 drinks for our members and guests until 8:00 pm!   Check in with us at the entrance to receive your name tags for networking.

Complimentary finger food will be provided for our Networking Group!

 

Parking:

Parking is NOT validated at Busby’s East.

Valet parking is $5.

There is plenty of additional parking.

 

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STORY: IS THERE FICTION IN ALL TRUTH?

by on Jan.08, 2015, under Featured

I felt inspired to write this blog about the tenuous relationship between truth and fiction because many of this year’s possible Oscar contenders are biopics, (The Imitation Game, Selma, Big Eyes, and Foxcatcher to name a few). Each is enduring controversy about the degree to which historical facts may or may not have been distorted in their telling. I want to explore the idea of whether emotion can be a kind of fiction in all truth. Facts carry truth. However, each person’s perception and experience may add some fiction to what is. Storytelling is perspective, not a dry relation of facts.

With The Imitation Game, there is controversy over the factual truth. As quoted from the article in Deadline Hollywood, “The Weinstein Co.’s has been scrutinized by historians who argue the film, directed by Morten Tyldum and scripted by Graham Moore, beefs up Turing’s contributions to England’s codebreaking exploits, his relationship with female analyst Joan Clarke and the degree to which he might have placed on the Asperger’s/autism spectrum in the name of artistic license.” In the same article, this is what is said about Selma, “Paramount’s Selma, the critically acclaimed account of Martin Luther King Jr.’s leadership of the Selma-to-Montgomery civil rights marches of 1965, weathered a volley on Monday — just as the Oscar polls opened — over its suggestion that President Lyndon Johnson didn’t quite step eagerly up to the plate to help out King and his cohorts in their quest for equal voting rights.”

The question becomes how much liberty is too much when it comes to adding fiction to the facts? Imagination is a huge part of story. Imagination comes from the writer and director. The moment they are hired, it is up to them to bring the facts to life through a unique perspective that tells the story while elevating the emotion. What artists bring to historical events is a different worldview. They are adding their voice and their emotional truth to the events that happened. They add a unique angle. In the process, we get to learn about this events in a flavorful way that entertains while informs. We need to embrace this. We shouldn’t question it. We shouldn’t doubt it or criticize it or try to take away from all that it is. We should relish in how the imagination adds an element to story that can make it something that lives on in our hearts and our minds because of the way that it was told.

The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything are two of my favorite movies this year. I haven’t seen Selma yet. I left these films feeling totally fulfilled on an emotional level. I felt tremendous respect for the writers and directors involved. I thought that they did a masterful job of adding fiction to the truth where needed in order for the stories to work. I did not feel that if I found out that certain facts were distorted or that things were embellished upon that it took anything away from my experience of the stories. In fact, I loved how the worldviews of the writers and the directors merged. The facts of the stories came together and transcended fact in a way that made me feel the events and the message being expressed.

In my career as a studio executive, there was a time when no one wanted to touch autobiographical stories. Writers were told not to write them. Real life was viewed as not all that interesting. Now, there’s a trend toward exploring how your emotional truth can get you work as a writer. It’s about your story. It’s about understanding how to tell your story in a way that can be sold. It’s about how your truth, when mixed with certain concepts, can make them stronger. We all know that life with all the in between moments just isn’t as compelling as movies. Real life story arcs don’t often transpire in the way that fits dramatic structure. So, fiction is needed to make a fact-based truth come to life through various emotional lenses.

I believe that fiction is infused in every story. I think that this is what storytelling is. From the time that we are children repeating to our parents what happened at school during the day, we learn to embellish or add our view to what happened. From our perspective, this may be totally true. From someone else that witnessed the same event; their view may be totally different. The most important part about telling a story is being able to come from a place of emotional truth. Emotional truth is not the same as factual truth. With factual truth, technical facts are given about events that occurred within a certain time frame. What brings fact to life is emotion. With emotion, you get a different kind of truth, a valuable kind of truth. Fiction might be added to this truth. However, if it is written and directed well, the emotion is what comes through, rather than the facts.

When we go to the movies, we all have different views on what strong story is. This is because we all view and experience story through events that happened in our own lives that led to similar universal emotions that we connect with. It doesn’t make one right and the other wrong. It just means that one person felt what was being said and the other may not have had the life experience of a similar emotion to help connect them to the story.

There is a purpose for fiction to be added. Life doesn’t happen in a perfect dramatic structure. Moments of life are worth telling. You have to structure it. To tell a story well, you have to structure it in a way that will allow the audience to understand your message and feel what you are trying to say. To do this, the writer and director have to add their worldview to the equation. So, whether these factual films are sticking to the facts or not, the emotional stories being told are being told brilliantly. We need to celebrate this.

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4 ACTIONS THAT YOU CAN TAKE TO CREATE CHANGE IN THE NEW YEAR

by on Nov.18, 2014, under Featured, Motivation, Spiritual

Do you want to change your story in the New Year? What do you want your story to look like? What if you could learn to use the tools of story to create the life that you want? I’ve been obsessed with understanding and studying how people change their lives. I like to believe that we all want our story to reflect the type of life that we want to live. I feel that by being the active protagonist in our own story, we can create change by aligning the actions that we take with the outcome that we desire. I am going to share four actions that I took that led me toward personal change and changed my story in the process.

Since writing my book, Change Your Story, Change Your Life: A Path To Success, I’ve been really conscious of the things I wrote about in my book, how action equals outcome when it comes to changing our story. For me, all of the change that I wrote about in my book was focused on the professional side of my life, rather than the personal side. After hitting what I see as my “all is lost” moment, when I lost my job of 15 years, I was able to clearly see that to produce the type of change that I wanted, I needed to take action. I outlined all the steps I took to turn my “all is lost” moment into the best thing that could have happened in my life. I found success again, only, this time, I was a conscious author as I created and redefined my professional path. I understood from being a studio executive/story analyst for all of those years that personal actions equate to outcome. When the wrong actions are being taken, you don’t get the outcome that you desire. So, I aligned my actions in the business world with the outcome that I wanted. My focus was on stopping isolation and creating community through the telling of story on a global level. Everything that transpired over the last 7 years, as I built my business, falls under this umbrella. My focus was clear and my actions aligned with my outcome. Everything in me wants to teach people how to be the active hero in their own story so that their story can reflect the type of life that they want to live.

I was motivated to write this blog was when I received an email from a reader. They wrote:

“I’m reading Change Your Story, Change Your Life, and it’s as if you wrote this book just for me.  I have often wished I could be a character in one of my stories so I could just rewrite my life and reading your book makes me think that I really am.  Only that story is my life.

I’m at one of my ‘all is lost’ moments, so it’s hard for me to see very far down my road, and I’m hoping your experience will help me map out a course of action that will let me breathe again.”

I loved the truth in this person’s message. They wanted to know how to create change after going through an “all is lost” moment. While in my book, I go into actions that I took to change my professional story, what I teach also applies to your personal story. Here are some actions that I’ve taken to change my personal story.

These are four actions that I recommend taking to change your story: take a wellness vacation, create a healthy eating system, create a workout routine, and connect through internal desire. These actions can foster change on a physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional level.

  1. Take a wellness vacation – I went to Rancho La Puerta.
  2. Create a healthy eating system – I did Paleo Delivers and Isagenix.
  3. Create a workout routine that garners results – I started doing 10,000 steps a day.
  4. Connect through your internal desire – I fell in love.

Take a wellness vacation. I would say that one of the biggest actions that I took this year that created change was going to Rancho La Puerta. This is a place that focuses on the idea of “renewing your mind, body and spirit on a journey to true wellness.” This choice, this action, is what led me to a greater consciousness of understanding change from within. This is everything that my brand for my business is about. It is also something that blends into my life. The development of story comes down to the development of self. So, by participating in the activities, exercise classes, nutrition and health classes, hikes and meditations, at Rancho La Puerta, I was able to bring it home with me and learn to take stronger actions that led me to greater outcomes. What I learned was that taking a vacation that allowed me to purely focus on wellness was one action that could bring about very positive results.

Wellness Options at all budget levels – Esalen, Miraval, Canyon Ranch, Willow Day Spa, Argyle Salon and Spa.

Create an eating system. Another action that I took that brought about healthy change was I tried different eating plans so that I could pinpoint a system that worked for me. I did Paleo Delivers. I actually did this before I went to Rancho La Puerta. This was an action because it allowed me to really understand food, portion size and healthy choices when it comes to my daily eating habits. The food was outstanding. It opened up my time wise because I didn’t have to worry about cooking, shopping, and figuring out calories and nutrition. I did this for a few months just to see how it made me feel and to learn. It definitely took me a step in the right direction. When I got home from Rancho La Puerta, I started doing a system called Isagenix. I learned about this from Sherry Catlin, who created the Body Bar. I met her when I was at Rancho La Puerta. What I learned with Isagenix was that I had a system in play that worked for my life and supported my desire to be in the best physical shape possible. I needed a system like this. I found that the products tasted so good and the outcome took me in an even stronger direction.

Eating Systems for all budgets – Veestro (vegetarian), buy a Paleo book by Danielle Walker and prepare food at home, Zen Foods Diet delivery, Healthy Chef Creations

Create a workout routine. I learned at Rancho La Puerta that movement is the key to staying young. One action that I took when I returned was that I got a Fit Bit and an Up By Jawbone. This way, I was able to track the steps that I took everyday. I set a goal for 10,000, and I was able achieve this. This simple change in action has changed my life in a monumental way. It helped me reevaluated my exercise routine. I began driving less and walking more. I figured that in NYC, they walk. Why not walk in LA? By walking instead of driving mixed with my exercise routine, I am able to attain my goal on a daily basis. I also started a combination of spinning and yoga. I spin at Soul Cycle. This has added a whole new level of physical activity to my life. My favorite instructors at Soul Cycle in West Hollywood are David, Angela, and Rourke. Their words motivate me from spirit. They make me want to do the physical work even more. With yoga, my favorite instructors are Jake Ferree at Equinox and Aura Yoga and Matthew Reyes at Yoga Hop in Santa Monica. The last action that I took with my physical regime was that I have a personal trainer, Yancy Berry, at Equinox. I found that this helps me to keep a physical routine in place with weights. By taking these actions, I’ve been able to better align with the physical outcome that I desire.

Workouts for all budget levels – Walk, do the stairs at Montana and Ocean in Santa Monica, do weights at home and get some Body Bar DVDs

Connect through internal desire. I fell in love. One action that I took to attract the kind of love I was seeking was that I started focusing on what I wanted internally with a relationship versus just externally. I wanted spirit, intellect and joy. By understanding my internal desire, it helped to attract the type of relationship that I knew I wanted to experience. I like to believe that the universe hears us and brings us what we need when we’re ready. I met Chris when I was speaking at The Big Island Film Festival in Hawaii. I knew him for two years before we started dating. One of the things that I love about our love story is that had I not lost my job, I would never have created a business that led me to speak at The Big Island Film Festival, and I would not have met the love of my life.

In closing, there are so many actions that we can take to illicit change in our lives. Many of these actions involve little to no money and just doing the emotional work from within. I share my personal stories with you in hopes that they can inspire you to create the change you want in your own life. The key to changing your story is aligning your actions with the outcome you desire.

 

 

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FRIDAY NIGHT DRINKS – DECEMBER 5, 2014

by on Nov.14, 2014, under events, Featured

Friday Night Social ~ December 5, 2014

Event Date: Friday, December 5, 2014 || Starts at 6:30 pm || Co-sponsoring with Jennifer Grisanti

Friday Night Social is a networking group that meets the first Friday of every month. It started as a way for TV and feature writers to meet one another and has evolved into so much more. This is a great way to “Network”. Plan on meeting people from different areas and levels in the entertainment industry.  

 

IMPORTANT:

Please REGISTER before 10:00 pm on Thursday, December 4, 2014.

register_button

 

This month’s Friday Night Social is a free event being held at Busby’s EastPlease join Jennifer Grisanti and SWN in a “private room with bar” exclusively for this Friday Night “Networking” event.

What makes Busby’s the best sports bar?  Busby’s food is FANTASTIC!  How many of you specifically go out for dinner to a sports bar in Santa Monica or L.A.?  Exactly.

Busby’s food is not your normal bar grub, although we have amazing Buffalo wings, fantastic pizzas and the “Best Burger in town”.  Super tender, slow-cooked BBQ brisket, pulled pork, baby back ribs, country fried chicken, incredible pizzas, 20 different good Ol’ boy sandwiches & salads, and authentic Mexican food.  A feast!!!  An incredible, comfortable dining experience, while in the background, any game of your choice, any sport, anywhere in the world, is shown on 50 huge plasma TVs for the ultimate sports bar experience.  Busby’s is the only sports bar that serves a complete breakfast Saturday and Sunday and offers a champagne sports brunch on the weekends.

 

Join us on the first Friday of every month at Busby’s East:

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Welcome to Busby’s, voted the “Best Sports Bar” in Los Angeles and all of California by MSN.com and ranked 3rd in the ENTIRE NATION!!!

 

Pictures from previous events at Busby’s East:

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New Time for this event:

Starts at 6:30 pm – Ends at 9:30 pm

 

Location:

Busby’s East

5364 Wilshire Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90036

(Near La Brea on Wilshire)
Busby’s East

5364 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA
5364 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

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FRIDAY NIGHT DRINKS – NOVEMBER 7, 2014 AT 6:30 P.M. AT BUSBY’S EAST

by on Oct.31, 2014, under events, Featured

Friday Night Social ~ November 7, 2014

Event Date: Friday, November 7, 2014 || Starts at 6:30 pm || Co-sponsoring with Jennifer Grisanti

Friday Night Social is a networking group that meets the first Friday of every month. It started as a way for TV and feature writers to meet one another and has evolved into so much more. This is a great way to “Network”. Plan on meeting people from different areas and levels in the entertainment industry.  

 

IMPORTANT:

Please REGISTER before 10:00 pm on Thursday, November 6, 2014.

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This month’s Friday Night Social is a free event being held at Busby’s EastPlease join Jennifer Grisanti and SWN in a “private room with bar” exclusively for this Friday Night “Networking” event.

What makes Busby’s the best sports bar?  Busby’s food is FANTASTIC!  How many of you specifically go out for dinner to a sports bar in Santa Monica or L.A.?  Exactly.

Busby’s food is not your normal bar grub, although we have amazing Buffalo wings, fantastic pizzas and the “Best Burger in town”.  Super tender, slow-cooked BBQ brisket, pulled pork, baby back ribs, country fried chicken, incredible pizzas, 20 different good Ol’ boy sandwiches & salads, and authentic Mexican food.  A feast!!!  An incredible, comfortable dining experience, while in the background, any game of your choice, any sport, anywhere in the world, is shown on 50 huge plasma TVs for the ultimate sports bar experience.  Busby’s is the only sports bar that serves a complete breakfast Saturday and Sunday and offers a champagne sports brunch on the weekends.

 

Join us on the first Friday of every month at Busby’s East:

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2015 STORYWISE© TV SPEC AND PILOT TELESEMINAR – BEGINS MARCH 3, 2015 – MAY 12, 2015

by on Oct.21, 2014, under events, Featured

STORYWISE© TV SPEC AND PILOT TELESEMINAR, 2015

 

This is a 10-week program designed to help you write a high quality TV pilot AND spec script. In 10-weeks, I will teach you how to learn to write at a level that will help lead your script to a sale, get staffed on a show, place in a writing competition or get into one of the various writing programs. This course is everything that I teach in Writers on the Verge and more.

 

Last year we had over 100 writer participants from all over the world. You will not only learn all of the story tools that you need to succeed, you will gain the opportunity to be in a private community of writers. This community is a very valuable resource. You all will have the opportunity to learn from one another via networking, exchanging scripts and possibly starting your own writer groups.

 

I’ve seen the success from this course first-hand. Many of the writers who have taken this 10-week course have gone on to sell pilots, get staffed on TV shows and get into several of the prestigious writing programs. 27 of my writers have sold pilots… and 4 of them have gone to series.

 

The class takes place on Tuesday nights at 7:00 p.m. PST. Each class will consist of a half-hour of instruction (you will receive these videos before each class to watch at your leisure.) Each call is approximately 2 – 2 ½ hours in length. On each call, we will go over the notes for the 4 writers participating at Level #3. You will have an opportunity to read their scripts and make your own notes each week. You will also get to share your notes with those writers directly. This is what we do in Writers on the Verge. It is a way to prepare you for being in the Writers’ Room. Then, five people that sign up each week will get an opportunity to pitch to a guest speaker. We all learn from hearing others pitch. This part of the program was designed to help you learn from the pitching style of others as well as give you the opportunity to pitch yourself. It’s an invaluable tool. Every level will have an opportunity to sign up for this.

 

LEVEL 1

At Level 1, you get to participate in all 10 classes. You will receive a recording of the classes. You will have an opportunity to sign up to pitch to my weekly guest speakers. You get to be part of a private Facebook community. You will also get to turn in a 1-2 page pitch document on your TV spec and TV pilot script. You will receive written feedback. You have up to a year after the course is finished to turn this in.

SERVICE FEE – $300.00


 

LEVEL 2

At Level 2, you get to participate in all 10 classes. You will receive a recording of the classes. You will have an opportunity to sign up to pitch to my weekly guest speakers. You get to be part of a private Facebook community. This level also includes a one-on-one consult for your TV spec and/or TV Pilot script.

 

FOR THE 10 WEEK COURSE PLUS A ONE ON ONE SPEC CONSULT
SERVICE FEE –  $750.00

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FOR THE 10 WEEK COURSE PLUS A ONE ON ONE PILOT CONSULT
SERVICE FEE – $875.00

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FOR THE 10 WEEK COURSE PLUS A ONE ON ONE TV SPEC CONSULT & A ONE ON ONE TV PILOT CONSULT
SERVICE FEE – $1,500.00

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At Level 2, there will be a rotating spot for people that sign up for Level 2 to rotate into Level 3 each week. So, there will be 10 opportunities for people at Level 2 to be at Level 3 for one week.

 

LEVEL 3
FOR RECEIVING FEEDBACK EVERY WEEK ON THE CALL (LIKE IN WRITERS ON THE VERGE) ON THE WEEKLY ASSIGNMENTS AND A ONE ON ONE SPEC CONSULT & PILOT CONSULT
SERVICE FEE – $3,000.00

TAKING SUBMISSIONS – 4 SLOTS AVAILABLE, 2 DRAMA AND 2 COMEDY

At Level 3, you will receive feedback every week on your TV spec and/or TV pilot script. This includes written and verbal feedback. You will receive a recording of the classes. You will have an opportunity to sign up to pitch to my weekly guest speakers. You get to be part of a private Facebook community.

There are only 4 SLOTS for this level: two for drama and two for comedy. If you are interested in applying, you will need to submit 10 pages of a script. I will select 4 submissions out of everyone that submits and announce these slots in February. You can submit a full script but I will just read the first 10 pages. You can submit either a TV spec or pilot.

ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS NOW THROUGH FEBRUARY 17, 2015 AT NOON.

You can email your submissions to me at jennifer@jengrisanticonsultancy.com. I will announce the names of the 4 writers that made the 4 slots the following week.

* Since you do have to try out for this level, I will send the four participants that are selected and invoice for this amount through PayPal.

 

LEVEL 4

At Level 4, you will get to have a private one-on-one consult with me during every week of the Teleseminar. So, each week, you will turn in the assignment and we will meet on the concept, outline and three drafts of your TV spec and/or your TV pilot script.

FOR 10 ONE ON ONE CONSULTS THAT CAN BE USED ALONGSIDE THE TELESEMINAR OR SPREAD OUT. THIS INCLUDES WRITTEN/VERBAL FEEDBACK EVERY MEETING
SERVICE FEE – $4,000.00

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ASSIGNMENTS

The Level#3 writing assignments will be due the Saturday before each class. Everyone at each level will receive a copy of the assignments turned in by the Level #3 writers so that they may follow along as well as provide notes directly to the Level#3 writer.Levels #1 and #2, you will do the assignments on your own. No direct feedback is provided; however, this is where you can use the Facebook community of writers to exchange scripts weekly and get feedback.

GUEST SPEAKERS
I will announce the list of guest speakers in January and February.

 

SCHEDULE

 

Week 1 – Tuesday March 3, 2015We will go over the notes for the concepts of the spec scripts for Level #3.

GUEST SPEAKER – MICK BETANCOURT

(CHICAGO PD, CHICAGO FIRE, IRONSIDE, etc.)

Mick will listen to 5 pitches from the participants. Each pitch will be three minutes long. Mick will critique each pitch. All levels will have the opportunity to sign up to pitch.

 

Week 2, Tuesday March 10, 2015

We will go over the notes for the outline of the spec scripts for Level #3.

GUEST SPEAKER – RICK MUIRRAGUI

(C0-Executive Producr – SUITS)

Rick will also listen to 5 pitches and critique them.

 

Week 3, Tuesday March 17, 2015We will go over the notes for the first draft of the spec scripts for Level #3.

GUEST SPEAKERS –  PETER DESBERG AND JEFFREY DAVIS (COMEDY GUYS)

AUTHORS – “SHOW ME THE FUNNY”

Peter and Jeff will also listen to 5 pitches and give critiques.

 

WEEK 4, Tuesday, March 24, 2015

We will go over the notes for the second draft of the spec scripts for Level #3.

GUEST SPEAKER – KRISTA VERNOFF

(CONSULTING/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER – SHAMELESS, PRIVATE PRACTICE, GREY’S ANATOMY)

Krista will speak for a half hour about writing and take questions.

 

WEEK 5, Tuesday, March 31, 2015

We will go over the notes for the third draft of the spec scripts for Level #3.

GUEST SPEAKER – BRIAN ANTHONY

(CONSTANTINE/IRONSIDE/ARMY WIVES)

 

* EASTER BREAK THE WEEK OF 4/7/15

 

WEEK 6, Tuesday, April 14, 2015

We will go over the notes for the concepts for the pilot scripts for Level #3.

GUEST SPEAKERS – STACY RUKEYSER AND CLARK PETERSON

STACY’S CREDITS – (CO-EP – TWISTED, THE LYING GAME)

CLARK’S CREDITS (PRODUCER – KAHLIL GIBRAN’S THE PROPHET, MONSTER, RAMPART)

 

WEEK 7, Tuesday April 21, 2015

We will go over the notes for the outlines for the pilot scripts for Level #3.

GUEST SPEAKER – NICHELLE TRAMBLE

(SUPERVISING PRODUCER- THE GOOD WIFE)

Nichelle will listen go 5 pitches and give critiques.

 

WEEK 8, Tuesday April 28, 2015

We will go over the notes for the first draft or first half of the first draft of the TV pilot scripts for Level #3.

GUEST SPEAKER – LEE JESSUP

AUTHOR – “GETTING IT WRITE: A SCREENWRITING CAREER”

 

WEEK 9, Tuesday May 5, 2015

We will go over the notes for the second draft or full-first draft of the TV pilot scripts for Level #3.

GUEST SPEAKER – MICHAEL NARCUCCI

(CO-EP – THE ORIGINALS, VAMPIRE DIARIES)

 

WEEK 10, Tuesday May 12, 2015

We will go over the notes for the third draft of the TV pilot scripts for Level #3.

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