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London Screenwriters’ Festival ‘Beyond the Bio’: Julian Friedmann

Posted on: July 23rd, 2010 by Lucy V Hay No Comments

Julian FriedmannAs an agent to writers of all ilks and co-Founder of one of Britain’s biggest literary agencies for writers both print and screen, Julian Friedmann is one of the best-placed people in the industry to serve as our Senior Festival Advisor here at the London Screenwriters’ Festival.

On top of his work representing the cream of British writing talent at Blake Friedmann, Julian is also an author and noted speaker on screenwriting.  Linda Seger, renowned author and screenwriting guru, said of Julian’s ‘How To Make Money Scriptwriting‘, “It’s full of insights that help writers in the business of screenwriting – a great help to actually get a script sold.”

You can read more about Julian on his profile page, but first see what he had to say in his Q&A:

Q: What was your favourite film as a kid?

A: ‘The Dam Busters’ and ‘Tarzan’.

Q: Who inspired you when you were starting out?

A: My mother, who was a writer and believed that words had power.

Q: What was your big break?

A: I’m not sure I can think of any specific moment or event as a “big break”.  It was more  just the interesting people I seemed to meet through books and films.

Q: What was the best day in your career?

A: There have been far too many to select just one.

Q: What has been your most important lesson?

A: That you can always be wrong.

Q: If a niece or nephew wanted to be in the business, what would you advise them?

A: It is fun and stressful, so you better really believe in what you are doing.

Q: What is the hardest part of your job and how do you overcome it?

A: Saying no to people, especially when they have talent.  I don’t overcome it; it hurts.

Q: What do you feel is a writer’s or filmmaker’s key responsibility?

A: To entertain and make the world a better place.

Q: What mistakes do you see emerging writers or filmmakers making over and over?

A: Premature ejaculation.

Q: What advice would you offer an emerging writer or filmmaker?

A: Don’t give up the day job.

NEXT TIME ON “BEYOND THE BIO”: screenwriter, script consultant and scriptwriting blogger, Danny Stack.

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