Career Writer Program Step 3: The Water Bottle Tour (November)

Starts Saturday 11/3 @ 10:00am - 12:00pm PT and meets every Saturday for 4 weeks (we will skip 11/24 and have the last week on 12/1).

At Roadmap, we believe in putting writers in real-world environments and showing them what the industry is really like. So we have created a program called the Water Bottle Tour Track!

A "Water Bottle Tour" is the term for when agents and managers set their clients up on a string of meetings in a short period of time. The phrase refers to the litany of water bottles one collects at each of these meetings that usually end up covering your car's floorboard!

We run this Water Bottle Tour every month and it has helped writers learn what executives really look for from writers in pitching and general meetings. 

Our Water Bottle Tour is for Advanced Writers. With even more immersive opportunities with executives and more private general meeting opportunities this will be the month where you are put in numerous rooms with more execs than ever! This is going to be a fast-paced, fully immersive experience to push you from "good in the room" to "owning the room". 


Each 2-hour workshop will meet on Saturday at 10:00am PT

The Curriculum is as follows:

Week 1 (Meeting 2 Executives)

9:30am - 10:00am - Orientation with Roadmap's CEO, Joey Tuccio

  • Get ready for the Advanced Water Bottle Tour! Joey will run down all the programs and give final pointers before you are thrown into the whirlwind of the Advanced Water Bottle Tour!

10:00am - 11:30am Elevator Pitch Roundtable 

  • One of the most important types of pitching is the elevator pitch. You often might only have 3 minutes to pitch to an executive. But how can you convey all the elements of your script in less than 3 minutes? What should you include and what can be excluded? This Elevator Pitch Roundtable will drill your elevator pitches so you can feel confident about those shorter pitches!

11:30am - 1:00pm - Virtual MeetUp   

  • Following an intro from the exec, each writer will have 5 minutes to give an overview of their projects and brand. Following each 5 minute elevator general meeting, the rest of the time will be used for a Q&A with the exec so you can ask them any industry-related question you have. Your exec will have your loglines and bios beforehand too so they will already be familiar with you all before.

Week 2 (Meeting 2 Executives)

10:00am - 11:00am - Virtual MeetUp 

  • Following an intro from the exec, each writer will have 5 minutes to give an overview of their projects and brand. Following each 5-minute elevator general meeting, the rest of the time will be used for a Q&A with the exec so you can ask them any industry-related question you have. Your exec will have your loglines and bios beforehand too so they will already be familiar with you all before.

11:00am - 1:00pm - 30 Minute General Meetings with Genre-Specific Exec

  • Each writer will take the skills they learned so far and apply them to a full private 30 Minute Mock General Meeting with an executive specifically interested in their genre. Can you own the room? Each writer will receive written feedback from that executive on that general meeting. 

Week 3 (Meeting 1 Executive)

10:00am - 12:00pm -  Learn How Executives Analyze Scripts with Interactive Coverage Assignment

  • Prior to the session, all writers will turn in Coverage on a script pre-selected by the Exec.
  • During the session, the Exec will critique each writer's Coverage and highlight differences between Writers' Coverage and the Exec's own Coverage of the same script. Exec will discuss the basics of writing Coverage and what elements should be assessed and how to do so

Week 4 (Meeting 1 Executive)

10:00am - 12:00pm 30 Minute General Meetings with genre-specific exec  

  • Each writer will take the skills they learned and apply them to another full private 30 Minute Mock General Meeting with an executive specifically interested in their genre. Each writer will receive written feedback from the executive on that general meeting. 

    What the writers are thinking:

    "Loving the Water Bottle Tour! Learned a lot from some very sharp industry pros, running the gamut from pitching and taking meetings to getting full coverage on my script. It was already well worth the money, and I still have one week to go!" - Lisa Rysinger

    "I loved the Water Bottle Tour! It provided assistance in ways not normally accessible. For instance, we’re having a 30-minute general meeting this weekend to mimic such meetings in LA. Great opportunity!" Larry Woldenberg

    "Hollywood is all about “Who you know.”  But how do you, as a writer, turn that around to “Who knows you?” The water bottle tour will teach you how to get noticed and remembered." - Marie Roughan



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