Monday, November 21, 2011

Writing To Survive

As a struggling writer i love stories of people who wrote not as a means as an outlet, but as a means of survival.

Writers like Jason Segel. You might remember him as the naked guy in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" which he wrote and starred in. Segel has been acting since "Freaks and Geeks" in 1999, but he has since appeared in dozens of television and film projects since then.

Despite his seeming success Segel found himself unable to secure a leading man role, so he did the only thing he could do: He turned to writing.

In this article from Segel, who wrote the screenplay for the upcoming Muppet Movie (which is already generating great buzz) talks about how writing for him was more of a necessity than a luxury. When he couldn't find a leading role that was right for him, he chose to write his own roles. Of course, since he did have some connections within Hollywood it was a far simpler task for him to get his work read, but it still required him to produce quality, marketable scripts that would ultimately turn a profit. This means Segel couldn't just slap together a script and expect to sell it. Nor could he expect to make a career as a writer if his project did not earn the expected revenue.

No, Segel wrote because he had to, but he continues to write because he is good at it. That's a feel good story for every Starved Writer.

Segel, who claims The Muppets were his first real comic influence, co-wrote and stars in the film; his human co-stars include Amy Adams and Chris Cooper, and there are many cameo appearances in the film from Muppet-loving celebrities.

Segel, 31, is currently at the top of his game. Writing and starring in Forgetting Sarah Marshall three years ago made him a very big deal in Hollywood, and between his success on TV's How I Met Your Mother and in such films as I Love You, Man, Despicable Me and Bad Teacher, Segel is among the most successful grads of the Judd Apatow school of laughs.

Hard to believe he was more or less out of work for a few years. Segel wrote his way back into the game after early TV success on Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared led nowhere.

Click here to read more about Segel's writing career.

1 comment:

Christina Fifield-Winn said...

This is a great reminder of how hard work and determination (sometimes born out of necessity) produce results.Thanks for this post! CHEERS!