Angelo J. Bell: Recovery and Resurgence: Just Keep Swimming


by Angelo J. Bell

The news hit hard. Kiss of the Black Forest aka Legend of Black Lotus did not make it to the quarterfinalssemifinals of the Scriptapalooza Screenwriting Contest. Time to pull myself up by the bootstraps and get busy. At the time we were eight and 3/4 months into 2014 and there wasn’t much time left to get things done. I decided that something had to happen in Q4. Forget about anything and everyone else who couldn’t or wouldn’t see my aspirations or vision — something had to happen.

I was spread pretty thin: screenwriting contests. Prepping TV pitches. Getting ready to launch a feature film project.

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” 

I kept pressing. Something big is gonna happen in TV. That’s where the opportunity and the magic is. But there were not pitch meetings scheduled for Kiss Hug Five and #RCWD. How can we make Q4 successful? What can *I* do to create an opportunity?

Then out of the blue, a friend hit me up about a film fund and I was able to submit four projects for consideration. Waiting to hear the outcome of that.

Then, while having a casual business conversation with a friend about an existing project, he said something that sparked my imagination. I went back to an old project with no movement, revamped it the very next day. A week later I got a call from a representative of Bravo Network (affiliate of NBCUniversal), who are starting up a new scripted department for the network. He aske when we could put a meeting on the books to discuss the revised project.

Just keep swimming.

Don’t stop.