Switching from unscripted to scripted.

edited March 2017 in Producers


I have been working in unscripted television for nearly 4 years and am dying to make the jump to scripted. Any suggestions for making the jump? Best avenues for finding jobs in scripted?

Thanks in advance for any advice.


  • Assuming you write/direct/produce, go team up with actors (through the acting schools such as: UCB, The Groundlings, Second City, IO West, Acme, Stella Adler, Sanford Meisner, Playhouse West, Wayne Dvorak etc.) and entrepreneurially make short films to start. Then make sizzle reels & pilots for TV series. By your fifth one you might have something worth showing somebody and then it's a lottery ticket. But that's how "Broad City", "Teachers", and "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" succeeded. If you're not going to be entrepreneurial then you can try stepping down in rank (perhaps down to PA) and applying to scripted jobs in order to try to "work your way up". But if you want to produce you've got to be entrepreneurial and if you want to direct or write you need to find that entrepreneurial producer who's willing to give you a shot (so you may have to be the one who give yourself that shot). Good luck and good karma to you.

  • Hi Dan! All great tips. Thank you so much. Good karma to you as well!

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