For about five years, SACRIFICE made the rounds of Hollywood. It was first conceived as a screenplay. The idea secured me an agent and a manager almost instantly. It was a finalist for a FADEIN Award. It got me interviews to write for television shows. It opened doors to production companies. It was an amazing time.
Inevitably, the project never went anywhere. This is the hard lesson of Hollywood. People will compliment you to death. Nobody likes to be the bad person. That is fair. I don't like to be the bad guy either. We are all the heroes of our own story.
The other major lesson I learned. If you want to write for Hollywood, find somebody with money who has the ideas. The likelihood that you will get paid for your ideas is slim. But there are a lot of people out there who have their own ideas and they need someone who can execute those ideas. Ideas are a dime a dozen. Execution is everything.
So keep plugging away on your craft. Write. Re-write. Be brutally honest with yourself. Find people who will be brutally honest with you. That way, when someone with money and an idea comes along you will know how to help them execute it.
I have gotten off-track.
The reason I am writing this is to introduce my new book trailer. That is what got me on the subject of SACRIFICE as a movie idea. I have always thought of this idea in terms of its visuals. I first conceived of it as a movie. I structured it as a movie. So several years ago, when I was unemployed and desperate to do some kind of work, I transformed the screenplay of SACRIFICE into a book. But I still see the story visually. So I thought it would be fun to create a book trailer.