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September 03, 2008

Representation

Well, the lunch went very well. I like this guy, Sebastian, very much.

It seems he definitely wants me to be one of his first 2 clients. He's going to set up a meeting with me and Mike (the main bossman at his company) next week to get the final approval from Mike so he can make the offer.

Seb is very personable, easy to get along with, very smart, and I can tell he appreciates and likes my writing. And I appreciate and like that he clearly reads it, and can hold a pretty detailed discussion about the specifics of the story and characters. Also, I can tell he's going to be successful. He's just starting out as a manager, so he's hungry, too.

Our discussion was excellent. He gets that I like to do different things, and what he would want to do is split out my written scripts that are "ready" plus my story ideas according to studios and production companies that would be interested in that stuff and go with that strategy. So I basically would have a number of tracks, the comedy tracks, the testosterone track, the comic book track, the children's entertainment track, the indie drama track, the historical epic track.

The way they would run it for now is Sebastian would be on point for me, but Mike would often make the actual calls to get meetings set up with his contacts around town. Seb paints that as the best of both worlds, the eagerness of a new guy who depends on sales for his income, but the experience of a guy that's been around and has built up the contact base. Mike trusts Seb so even if he doesn't personally get excited about something, he will push it if Seb likes it.

I'm pretty excited about it, actually... I think it makes a lot of sense and Darby and I are in agreement that I should sign with him once he makes the offer officially.

Getting a manager - someone who is actively trying to sell your material and who depends on it to make a living - is a huge step.

Posted by jason on September 3, 2008 04:40 AM

Comments

I just have one question: Is he a crab?

No really--that is soooo cool. Amazing, really.

Posted by: Jessica on September 3, 2008 05:10 AM

Just wonderful, Jase!

Posted by: kathiek on September 3, 2008 08:07 AM

Yay!

Posted by: mers on September 3, 2008 08:36 AM

Cool stuff. I definitely pray that this will work out for you, to your creative benefit and to the financial benefit of all.

Posted by: peaj on September 3, 2008 09:26 AM

he actually is a crab with a Jamaican accent and he kept trying to get me to kiss the girl at the table next to me. That's part of his charm though, and I like the yellow and blue fish he hangs with.

Posted by: jason on September 3, 2008 01:07 PM

Ha! I hope the girl at the next table was Darby!

Posted by: jessica on September 3, 2008 01:55 PM

Making the connection between "Sebastian" and "crab" took way longer than it should have. But in the end, I did actually get it. So that's good.

But anyway, cool stuff. How did you find out about this guy? Or how did he find you?

Posted by: SnakeMan on September 3, 2008 07:20 PM

I am glad it all worked out, Snakeman.

Posted by: Jessica on September 3, 2008 07:40 PM

I met him at my internship at Maguire and we immediately got along really well. Then he applied for and got a job as a manager for a management and production company.

Posted by: jason on September 3, 2008 11:38 PM

This is cool. Good for you (and will be good for him too - smart guy to team up with you)! Is it easier to just write Seb, or does he call himself that too?

Also, I'm very relieved to hear that he is indeed a rastafarian crab and not just some run of the mill dude. You will be in good claws, I mean, hands. That is different he will certainly be able to "grab" people's attention when he is out pinching, I mean, pitching your work.

Posted by: Anonymous on September 4, 2008 09:01 PM

Maybe I'm crazy, but does Anonymous sound like Josh to anyone else?!

Posted by: kathiek on September 5, 2008 12:10 AM

I don't know, Josh usually has no problem leaving a name with his comments...:-)

Posted by: jessica on September 5, 2008 04:56 AM

People do call him Seb, it rhymes with Ebb.

Posted by: jason on September 5, 2008 05:49 PM

That's true...Josh usually does leave his name.

Posted by: kathiek on September 5, 2008 06:18 PM

Whoops, that was me. I forgot to type my name! Okay, Seb it is!

Posted by: Chris on September 5, 2008 10:43 PM

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