I got Write Time and have been highlighting things that I wanted to compliment you on, but it got so that there was way too much.
So many pearls of wisdom. Some stuff it took me years to figure out and a lot of new stuff I’m finding invaluable.
It’s a very rare instance of those that can do choosing to teach and share their method.
Just great and I’m only half finished.
Sitting on a plane back from Singapore watching The Meg. Great film. Solid story.
I'm finishing up the rough draft of the sequel to Rabbit Hole on Mars. In November, I will begin the final chapter to the trilogy of the story.
Been reading your book on how to write treatments. Very informative and makes sense how some people don't want to read the script, but simply get the feel…
Dear Dr. Atchity,
Good afternoon, I hope you’re well.
My name is Stephen, and I’m honestly a huge fan of yours. I’ve seen probably every interview you’ve got online, read some of your work, and appreciate you’re emphasis on story over medium.
I’m personally interested in comparative epics literature (for example, how do classics like Iliad compare to China’s Journey to the West) and am also totally interested in pursuing a career in the industry. I’ve also taught seminars in undergrad about story. Basically, it’s incredibly rare I find anyone who shares similar interests.
I just watched your two hour Film Courage interview and it was top to bottom filled with stuff that made sense.
That YouTube channel seems to be filled with a lot of people more interested in interviews than writing.
The intensity graph with the hyphens was a huge tool that I can’t believe you gave away. Because you did, I’m going to read your books.
Thanks again for being honest and not a needlessly positive or a hyper encouraging shmuck whose advice leads to everybody and their dog getting into movie writing.
Thanks a lot again for the wisdom. I’ll grab those books right away.
I'm the lady who accosted on Park Avenue you while you were earnestly en-route to your business meeting today :-). My husband sent me a link to one of your talks about a month ago and it immediately resonated with me. Your candor, wit and intelligent way of simply presenting your journey and thoughts struck me. My dream of being an actor has always been alive in me but instead I have sought the much predictable and safe route. It has been a long and windy route, one in which I am deeply grateful for. All along I've had what it takes to make it happen but I forgot! But I'm remembering and your book and video came to me at a divine time. Instead of looking at my corporate job as a trap I've managed to pivot in seeing what fortune I'd had to have had this kind of "bridge" job. It's allowed me to be financially sound so I when I do quit my job (in December) I'll be able to fully immerse myself in classes and auditions and the whole bit.
To run into you was a true gift...like a "sign" if you will. Real magic!
I thank you for existing. I thank you for being brave enough DESPITE all your fears of giving up the "safe route" to give your testimony. It is being heard.
I am grateful for you. I wish you nothing by the very best in health, continued fruitful pursuits and success "where it counts" in all your endeavors.
I hope our paths will cross again!
À tres bientôt!
Dear Dr. Atchity,
I came across you on a series of Film Courage videos on YouTube. I found your exposition on the creative life and the altitude of excellence to aspire to very compelling.
Hello Mr. Atchity,
I am a writer, editor, teacher, and researcher in my late 30s who is going screenwriter, something like I gather you did in your early 40s. I watched your interviews on Youtube during my ongoing screenwriting crash course, and besides Truby, your commentary has been the most helpful.
I just finished reading your book Writing Treatments that Sell and had to get in touch to say what an excellent read!
It was so honest and clear, (no B.S.) with really great advice for screenwriters on how to present their ideas to the industry.
I just wish I’d read it a few years ago before pursuing screenplays that were dead ends and wasted so much time.
Its my new go-to reference before I start a screenplay.
I have seen your YouTube videos on productivity, the publishing vs. film worlds, etc. Very impressed by your wise words.
I really loved your segments on Film Courage. Very honest and funny. Thx for sharing!
Mercedes M. Augusta
How are you mate? I’m an uneducated Londoner. Your YouTube sold you to me. Brilliant.
I came across your interviews on Film Courage, and want to say thank you for taking the time to share your view on type C personalities, I've found it very useful. I'm also reading your book, 'How to Quit Your Day Job and Live Out Your Dreams' and find it very insightful.
Thanks again for the YouTube interviews and books, I'm learning a lot about how a person like me functions.
Ken.... you are living the dream…hope you enjoy life.
You have done a great service to many people by publishing Last Plane Out of Saigon. One reviewer said it was the last word on the Vietnam War and another that it should be read by all policy makers!
My name is Geoffrey Goldstein. I am a full-time screenwriter who is armored by your career and commitment to filmmaking and writers in particular. I learned about you from videos - Film Courage on YouTube.
Thank you and Shalom
This may sound ridiculous but...
I’m a 39 year hip hop artist from Toronto, Canada. A husband, and father to 3 [a 6 year old girl, and twin girls who arrived last Tuesday]. I work in a spoiler factory, managing the components department, for slightly above minimum wage - barely enough to support my family.
5 years ago, my music career was experiencing a pretty outstanding, critically-acclaimed Canadian run, which by US standards means...absolutely nothing at all. I slammed right into a brick wall the second the demon controlling my marionette strings decided it needed more time with me. I began my streak of losses. I lost my job. Then lost my home. Following that, my wife and daughter. My motivation. My career. My fans. My money. A few friends to overdoses - one whom I found the following morning after a bender. And most importantly...time. I lost 5 years.
I attribute this to God, or the universe, or whatever you wanna call it - let’s just call it...Glenn. With 2 N’s - but a year and a half ago I decided to change. I knew the reaper was googling my address, so I dragged myself to a hospital and enrolled into a program. If you told me the day before that day that I’d one day be clean, and back with my family...I would have laughed. It was the impossible. But I triumphed.
Reason I’m telling you this is because I’m currently in a corner. A corner in a dark room, in an unfinished basement with a paper and pen, ready to change the fucking world. I have everything, but the one thing I’ve always wanted...a career in entertainment. My family is incredible. I have love and support. That’s solidified. Now it’s time to move. Stop procrastinating, which I’ve been doing ruthlessly for the past year and a half, while getting the other half of my life in order.
I read them all. Tony Robbins, Gary Vee, Grant Cardone, Lewis Howes, Steven Pressfield. I read The Alchemist. Oprah. Grant Cardone. I fucking read them all. Learned a lot, but failed to find the kick in the ass I needed to jumpstart.
Three days ago, you showed up. One of your videos made a random appearance in my feed, and I couldn’t ignore its title: Quit Your Day Job And Live Your Dream. Your words were stripped down. No sugar. Just raw. And it pierced my heart. I watched them all. And FINALLY felt the fire again. Shit made sense. And the story of the 80 year old man getting his law degree abducted my insecurities towards my age. Finally...I said...fuck it!! Pulled out my laptop, and started working.
Thank you. Thank you for waking me up. For helping me see through a window that’s been fogged up for almost two years. Thanks for the kick in the ass. Your words are what I needed. Your words have changed my life.
I am sitting in my gallery today working with collectors. My wife began texting me that she learned more from you (something online) than any producers we know. I just went through a very difficult position when in fact we had a promise of front and then back half funding and I discovered something very unpleasant about one of my co producers and had to let him go along with the development producer he brought with him. It was a question of would I follow my own personal integrity? I did. So went four months of work and the funds for production.
My wife is encouraging me to read what you had to say. Thanks for your words online.
All the best
Michael D Lancaster
Dear Dr. Atchity,
I recently saw your interview with Film Courage and I must say that I've never seen anything on this subject that resonated with me on quite so many levels.
I'm a 43 year old physicist at Boise State University, increasingly impressed by the power of story. It recently dawned on me that I'd much rather fight to turn certain controversial science ideas into a movie (as a screenwriter), than fight to turn them into grant money. The subject is closely related to space travel and SETI (the search for extraterrestrial intelligence), so it meshes well with sci-fi.
I understand the success ratio for screenwriting, but things have begun to seem increasingly possible as I see the success of others in my writers' group. I don't have a list of your services, but after seeing your interview I knew I had to contact you.
S. Jay Olson, Ph.D.
Boise State University Department of Physics
As I sit here recovering from a cold, I watched your interview on Film Coverage which was very refreshing.
I am directing a film that I have co-written here in Sydney at Fox Studios. It's funny from time to time, I'd think it was so easy to write this on my own in a room with zero interruption and zero accountability and here I am now directing it with everyone watching, I've certainly thrown my inner-self out for all to see in my work and now my direction. But boy is it fun!
Anyway, just thought I’d say thanks your interview was great.
Thank you so much for How to Quit Your Day Job!
I’ve been going through a traumatic 3 years and your book in confirming my inner voice and the big jump I’m about to make.
Luckily I found a video you did on YouTube and then purchased the book…only on chapter 3 but it’s wonderful and speaks completely to my current struggle.
...About ten years ago you and I were in touch as I was keenly trying to get access to the wave tank in Shreveport for a Discovery film called Mayday: Bering Sea. We were saddled with a tight budget and the window for our shoot was closing fast... and without the wave tank I was in a pretty bleak spot.
And then it all came back. You were incredibly kind, generous, respectful and helpful throughout our entire relationship and you worked incredibly fast and hard to make it work for me. That film holds an incredibly special place in my life. Objectively, I still believe the film is a truly impressive piece of television and this is in no small part to your generosity, understanding and - yes, your overwhelming passion to help creativity happen. Without you that film would have been about five soggy people standing in a parking lot. With you we were able to take the audience on a life and death nail biting ride to a human fight for survival in the freezing waters of the outer banks of Alaska.
Anyway, cut to 10 years later, I run my own production company, we’re having some success - and I remain incredibly proud of that film and relate to filmmakers who work with me now, how when the doors are shutting, and everyone says what you’re trying to do is impossibly expensive and will never happen... they might just get lucky and find themselves on the phone with somebody like Ken Atchity.
I remain in your debt and grateful ten years on. Thank you.
Very best wishes,
Ken, that was an inspirational article on you. You gave great advice and put so much into perspective for hopeful writers. In this tenuous, creative world of the artist, my advice to the aspiring novice (and my mantra) has always been "desire, dedication, determination." I also learned a new word--sizzle reel. I love the term and the phrase says it all. (and it sounds more evocative than "teaser!")
Thanks for sharing,
Sam J. Corso
This is very exciting to be able to work with you. I know Steve Alten, and, when I saw that you worked with him, I asked about doing this. Steve told me, whatever it takes, go work with Ken Atchity.
Briar Lee Mitchell, EdD
My name is Sunny I am from Toronto, ON Canada. I viewed your video "Quit Your Day Job and Live Out Your Dreams" on YouTube.
I've been an elementary school teacher for over a decade now and have been unhappy for this long. Teaching was never my passion and it did not feel "right" my first day on the job 11 years ago. I am surprised I managed to endure it for this long. I always lived in the image of other relatives who are in teaching as well and trying to be like them. In this process I wasn't the best version of myself. I wasn't confident to be myself and go after what I deserved.
My passion has always been in aviation. Ever since I was a kid becoming a pilot is something I always wanted to do. I'm happy to say I am finally doing it. I've pushed and pushed through comfort zones and I never thought it would be possible.
Your video was a huge inspiration. Your story is awesome and very motivational. I know there are countless other people who want to do what they love. I feel for anyone that feels stuck.
I hope to meet you one day soon and get a picture with you.
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Ken Atchity, Brooke Runnette, Chi‑Li Wong, Jay Renfroe, David Garfinkle
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