by Larry Brody
As far back as twenty years ago, when I first started the PEOPLE’S PILOT, people have been asking me not only about the specifics of this contest but about the overall premise from which it originates:
“LB! Dood! Level with me. What’s the point of writing contests? What can they really do for me and my career? Does winning the PEOPLE’S PILOT mean I’m going to sell my series and become rich, famous, and irresistible to the opposite sex? Will it make my mother love me and my father flash at least a half-smile?”
My answer to this question always has boiled down to, “No. Winning this contest – or any writing contest – isn’t going to solve any of your personal problems and in all likelihood won’t make you an A list showbiz legend. You will not emerge with the cachay to swagger or stagger around Beverly Hills with impunity, stoned to the gills.