This is a question I’ve asked myself a few times when starting out as a writer. It is also, periodically, raised online in a forum somewhere: Can I call myself a screenwriter if I am not getting paid for my work?
Well, the short answer is yes. Of course you can… I do.
In fact, you can call yourself whatever the hell you like to be honest. Perhaps you can’t claim to be a professional if you aren’t making money, but there is no reason why, if you are writing screenplays, that you can’t identify yourself as a screenwriter.
My eldest daughter didn’t get paid to make the film embedded above, but I am going to call her a film-maker! Why not? It’s a film and she made it.
Now, obviously this post is mainly a pretty lame way to simply post something my daughter made as the proud father. But it IS also a quick reminder not to get too hung up on labels and names. If you write, you write… you can call yourself a writer. But don’t stress if other people don’t agree, just get on and write… do the thing you enjoy and do it to the best of your ability.
I write/direct/paint/produce, therefore I am.
Okay, okay, I admit it, this isn’t THAT serious a post, I just wanted to share my daughter’s efforts… but where else can you see a Sylvanian Family Rabbit baby with a tea-cosy on it’s head? Hollywood is in need of some fresh ideas afterall…