London Calling…

Posted on October 29, 2010

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So it’s about four years since I was last in London and really hadn’t expected to be there again until I had managed to nail down a regular salary or just plain won the Lotto and given up on the whole being productive for money.

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Neither of these two things have happened. However, I AM going to London because during my year of unproductiveness I joined a website called www.ideastap.com

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Ideas Tap is an arts website, offering different arts opportunities and competitions and the like. It’s also a database of people who do arty things and hope people will pay them for them. I suppose in essence you could call it a ‘creative arts social networking’ site seeing as I managed to fill some Arts Zine page space from submissions of some of its members.

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Anyway, I joined it during my year off when my dream was still to be a writer/director/producer and pretty much one person TV set. Oh how times change.

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I threw a few things into briefs and competitions every now and then and thought no more of it, mostly because the judges thought no more of me.

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But about a month or six weeks ago, the BBC Writer’s Room, another site I’ve been a constant watcher of, offered forty-something places on a couple of their writer’s seminars.

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So what, you say? So what, indeed.

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I copied and pasted a bit of a short film into the text box, hit send and thought ‘there’s another one gone into the void’.

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Imagine my surprise when, on opening my email last Monday I discovered an email from Ideas Tap with the word CONGRATULATIONS in the subject bar.

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I’ll be honest; I’d forgotten I’d entered. On speaking to the parents, they decided that, despite the fact that my writing has this year gone the way of journalistic, in a DCU Masters programme, this seminar was too good an opportunity to miss.

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That and the fact that I’ve got a sit-com series crying out for someone to read it, make it and watch it. The brief emphasised the fact that very strong work would be considered for further development. Cross the fingers that mine might be one of those ‘strong works’.

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The seminar’s being held by Paul Ashton, BBC Writersroom Producer, writer Al Smith (Chalk, Enola, and Astronaut Wives Club) and writer Jack Thorne (Skins and Shameless).

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So…off I go to London town, with a sit-com in my arse pocket and a box of Smarties (after all, only THEY have the answer) in the jacket pocket.

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Wish me luck!

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