Alan Donegan: PopUp Business School Co-Founder, Entrepreneur, Financially Independent Pizza Lover, Marvel Movie fan and soon to be Script Writer
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I am going to Los Angeles in March and April this year. I am off to Hollywood to write a movie and work to sell the script to the studios afterwards.
Taking action on dreams
Ever since I grew up watching The A-Team, Baywatch, Transformers and the movies of the 80s and 90s I have been inspired byt them. Their power to give people energy, transmit messages of hope and deliver powerful messages.
About 3 years ago my wife gave me a course for my birthday called "how to write a movie in a month". I devoured the course and much like everyone else that reads a course like that I did a few of the exercises and didn't follow through.
I just never found the month to write the script!
So this is it. Katie and I have booked our flights and we are off to Los Angeles and Hollywood and I am going to write a movie. We have 7 weeks in California and I am going to leave with a script (or two) and have some fun along the way!
I also know that if I stay in the UK there is a high percentage chance I will get sucked back into running PopUp Business School. If I am half way across the globe with an 8 hour time difference it is going to be difficult to meddle!
So that it is it. I have committed. I am committing here to you, I have paid money for the flights and I have told everyone on Facebook. I am as committed as it gets.
What are you going to write?
From first reading the movie in a month course I have developed 2 ideas. One better than the other. I have lots of ideas in general but 2 that have got me going.
The first is a Super Hero movie obviously! Would you have expected anything else?
The second is a romantic comedy and I have a pretty decent outline for this and I am excited to actually turn it into a script. Don't tell anyone but at heart I am a softy and I love romantic comedies like Love Actually and About Time.
My plan is to write both scripts in my time there but if I can get one finished then I will be happy!
How do you know if it is going to be any good?
I have no idea if I am going to be any good at this. I don't even know if I am going to like the process you have to go through to write a script. I have no idea! What's the only way to know? How do you know if you are going to enjoy something or not? I am going to give it a go and see what happens.
At the very worst I travel back to England having given my dreams a shot and finding out they weren't for me. At the best I write a script that gets sold and my dream comes true! What have I got to lose?
What are the risks?
The way I have committed to doing this there are some financial risks to what I am doing. My lovely wife bought me a course which cost about $100 and we are paying for flights to LA and back as well as accommodation. Living in LA is not cheap but I felt like it would give me the best chance of success in my project by inspiring me and putting me next to the people that I can work with.
The accommodation is costing around £4,500, the flights £1000. We would be buying food and stuff where ever we stay so I am not adding this in here. So my total risk is about £6,000 to make my dream come true.
And it didn't even have to be that. I could have done it for nothing but the cost of the course if I had found the time and stayed at home writing on my laptop. I could have done it for free but this is far more exciting!
The second risk comes primarily from the fact that I might be rubbish! I might write a script that no one likes. I show it to potential agents, studios and more and find out that no one likes it all. My feelings are hurt, I get a lot of rejection and I go back to England with my tail between my legs having had an amazing time working to make my dream come true.
For this risk I think the worst that happens is that I fail and get an amazing story to tell people about when I went to LA to become a screen writer!
Where are we staying
I am so excited to be able to walk up and down the beech dreaming up script ideas and the sitting in the cafes writing by the ocean. It is yet to be seen if this environment is going to focus me or distract me but I am so excited about it!
What will I be measuring?
One of the keys to success is measuring what you are doing so you know if you are moving in the right direction or not. What gets measured gets improved!
So for this trip I am going to be measuring different things and reporting them back to you. I am going to write a blog article once a week about my progress, challenges I have faced and opportunities that have come up. This is going to keep me accountable.
Please will you help keep me accountable? If I am not performing give me internet abuse? If I am making progress then give me internet praise? Can you help me stay accountable please?
So what I am actually going to measure?
The key metric for me is going to be words written and pages developed and that is what I will report to you on a weekly basis so that we can see if I am making progress or not!
Come along for the journey
Want to come along for the ride? Then put your email address in the Mailchimp form to the right and I will send you an email about my progress each week whilst I am in LA.
This is going to be an adventure
I have no idea if I can do this or not? I have no idea if I am going to be any good as a writer or not! All I really know is that if I don't give it a go then I am going to regret it so I am stepping outside my comfort zone of helping people start businesses and I am off to make my own dream come true for 7 weeks.
I hope you join me on this journey and us it as inspiration to work on your own dreams, your own company your own ideas at the same time. If you want to be held accountable then put what you are working on in the comments below and I will follow up and ask you how you are getting on after I get back from LA!