Do you live in LA or New York? Want to meet pro writers?
Join a picket line. The Writers Guild of America welcomes anyone to come join their picket lines
. Explain why you're out supporting the union. Ask them how they're going to weather the drought. Bring donuts and Starbucks.
This is as good an opportunity you're ever going to get to chat up pro writers short of being interviewed for a staff job. They don't have anywhere else they have to be, and they're going to be there for four hours a day.
They're not used to being in the sun. They're worried the studios will crush them. They're feeling lonely, exposed and bored.
You can't pitch them ideas, obviously -- that would be working, which is what they're not doing -- but you can talk about Joe Torre (that works in both LA and New York). And after half an hour or so when conversation flags, you can ask them your intelligent questions, which you cleverly thought up the night before and put in your back pocket.
Later on, they'll recognize you from the picket line, and won't that be a plus?
I'm sure there will be picket lines outside all the studio main entrances; or call the Guild and ask where they'd like you.
(The United Hollywood blog
is full of useful strike info and thinking.)
Picketing is important not only because of the war in the media, but because many Teamsters will not cross picket lines. No picket line, they drive on through. If the trucks stop moving, the studios shut down RIGHT NOW and the WGA wins the strike (and so do the DGA and SAG).
Labels: guild, strike