The Twists and Turns of Writing for Hollywood

Fulvia_640.jpgBy Hermela Aregawi
February 19, 2009
Flauvia Lindsay is currently a staff writer on the hit television show “CSI.” But she has been maneuvering the twists and turns of the entertainment industry for ten years.
Her journey started in Queens, New York and continued to Boston where she attended Northeastern University. Now she is living in Los Angeles where she has caught the Award season bug. When she thinks about the screenwriting industry, Lindsay wishes she had written the Oscar-nominated film “Slumdog Millionaire.” In that wish, she is not alone since that film is expected to win the Academy Award.
All writers are not made equal. Lindsay explains the differences between television and film writers. For one, a writer for the small screen is always on a very tight deadline. Lindsay says a TV writer basically makes a movie every week. It is different for the big screenwriters. They often have years, or however long they want to write a script before they submit it.
Then there is the matter of credits. Often big legal battles erupt among screenwriters. Though there is often several writers on a movie, usually only one or two get credit. On the other hand, a TV show can credit all the writers involved in the process.
When it comes to any social disparities in the workforce, Lindsay says though it is a white male dominated field, all top executives of the “CSI” franchise are women. Lindsay says she is more aware of her African-American race than being a woman in the industry. It is only recently, she says, that the chance for being gender-discriminated really occurred to her.
One heartfelt advice she gives young grads who want to work in the entertainment industry is to move to Los Angeles as soon as you can. Lindsay says she went back to live at home for a short time after graduation and in retrospect, she sees it as time wasted.