If you only know one thing about Roadmap Writers, it’s probably that we’ve put a huge amount of time and effort into creating a tiered program to give our writers all the tools they need to have a successful career. We call it the Career Writer Program, and when you’re thinking about taking the dive into Step 1, it can all seem a bit overwhelming.
After all, are multiple monthly programs really going to build your marketing skills and materials? And is taking each step in sequence worth it? What can you expect out of the program?
To answer all this and more, Roadmap is bringing together a wonderfully talented and diverse group of our Career Writers to share their experiences in the program!
This 90 Minute Panel Will Cover:
Shawn Parikh hails from Dallas, Texas before he moved to Hollywood to tackle the industry. Being a gay Indian-American pursuing a creative career, he is very much a black sheep of his family and writes comedies that follow people struggling with their identity and pursuing what truly makes them happy. He trained in improv, standup, and sketch writing at Upright Citizens Brigade and Groundlings. Along with acting, he has been creatively fulfilling himself by writing comedy and producing new content. He wrote and produced a spoof on HBO’s The Night of which can be streamed on Funny or Die. Also, he launched a TV comedy pilot with Devanshi Patel titled Bad Indians, similar to Will & Grace, but for first-generation Indian-American. Most recently, he wrote/produced a short film, Khol (Open), starring Sarayu Blue and Anna Khaja, which had a successful global run including Outfest, Provincetown, and IFFLA. He is grateful to receive Roadmap Writers’ Diversity Initiative.
Craig Bealer loves to concoct well-structured and unique character-driven dramas and thrillers that explore contemporary social and political issues. His scripts have been well-received in contests, featured on The Black List website, and praised by evaluators. Craig’s passion for writing and storytelling blossomed at the University of Kentucky where he majored in journalism with a focus in political science and creative writing. After taking a winding road to Los Angeles, which included a stint as a snowboard bum in Breckenridge, Colorado and law school in San Diego, he now calls Santa Monica home. Once in Los Angeles, while working as an attorney, Craig immersed himself into the craft. Among self-study, various writing groups, and course work, Craig earned a Certificate in Screenwriting from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television. In 2016, Craig stepped away from the full-time practice of law to focus on his writing. Craig has had four one-act plays produced on Theater Row in Hollywood. He also writes marketing materials for one of Los Angeles’s largest law firms, including e-books, blogs, press releases, and scripts for various promotional and infomercial videos.
Dale Janda holds an MFA degree in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute, where two of his short films were produced. His drama, THE BIRDHOUSE MAKER, is a 2018 Semifinalist in the Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition. It was also named a 2017 Quarterfinalist in the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Competition. Dale draws largely on personal experience and perspective in his writing and often explores themes of grief and personal redemption in socially-oriented drama. Dale also holds a BA in Theatre and a MS Ed. in Elementary Education. He lives in Palm Springs, California, where he spends his days teaching students at an at-risk elementary school and his nights and weekends writing and raising a rambunctious springer spaniel.
Angie Engelbert works in many facets of the entertainment industry. She's written and produced a feature length science fiction movie, AUTONOMY, and an award-winning dystopian short, TORCH along with diverse content for educational and commercial platforms. Her scripts have earned recognition with Screencraft, Austin Film Festival, Final Draft, Women in Film/Blacklist Lab, and the Sundance Episodic Lab. Additionally, Engelbert served as a production coordinator and assistant producer for unscripted shows through the Emmy-nominated production company, HOPLITE. She's also worked for Hulu, HBO, Nickelodeon, and several independent film companies as a licensed Studio Teacher. Previous gigs include touring the US and Mexico as a performer, singing and dancing at theme parks, and working as an electrical apprentice with IATSE Local #49. She currently teaches English, writing and film production to high school students in Los Angeles County.
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