HOW TO MAKE IT IN HOL­LY­WOOD

Business Traveller (Asia-Pacific) - - LOS ANGELES -

MARC CLEARY, WRITER/ DIREC­TOR FROM DUBLIN

“Chore­og­ra­phy brought me to the US. It gave me a lot of con­fi­dence, sup­plied me with a visa and in­tro­duced me to great peo­ple, but somewhere deep in­side I knew I wanted more. I be­gan writ­ing and, one night, got chat­ting to a cou­ple of strangers in a bar. At the end of the night, one of them gave me his card and said: ‘If you have any sense you will send me the first 40 pages to­mor­row.’ Turns out it was one of Hol­ly­wood’s big­gest pro­duc­ers, who later be­came one of my great­est men­tors.

“My first short film, Pep­per, was a big suc­cess. I had the great for­tune of work­ing with a phe­nom­e­nal cast and crew. It made my job so much eas­ier and was a truly won­der­ful col­lab­o­ra­tive ex­pe­ri­ence. That acted as my call­ing card and from that mo­ment it was a lot eas­ier to find peo­ple to work with, or have peo­ple put faith in me as a writer and direc­tor. Find­ing the right rep­re­sen­ta­tion has been the big­gest chal­lenge.

“Right now I’m de­vel­op­ing a TV show based on a seven-book se­ries set in North­ern Ire­land, which is re­ally ex­cit­ing. The work I am most proud of has been my last two pilots. My first pi­lot was sold to Warner Bros al­most overnight and my sec­ond is cur­rently in de­vel­op­ment.

“In­spi­ra­tion and drive are what make

LA a unique place to work as a creative. Every­where you look there are movie bill­boards, pre­mieres, Q&A events and work­shops. It’s hard to be around all of that and not be in­spired. The same goes for the drive and ded­i­ca­tion from a lot of the peo­ple here. It’s dif­fi­cult to climb up the lad­der with­out ma­jor back­ing, but thank­fully you can’t throw a stone with­out hit­ting some­one as hun­gry as you are. It’s about find­ing the right peo­ple with that drive, and also mak­ing the choice to keep cre­at­ing con­tent un­til you find the project worth push­ing.”

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