Quote: Dantrobus @ 6th March 2020, 10:57 AM
Hard lines to all who didn't get anything this episode, the opposite (soft curves, I guess) to all who did.
Breaking the News and Unplugged are both invite-only, right? What was the process for getting invited to submit, please?
I've had a handful of NJ credits now (10) but never got to the fabled next levels of being invited in to the writers room or to submit to anything else.
With Unplugged it's an invite at the end of the series, if you've done well i.e. a couple of credits or RBC they should add you to the list. That said there's never any harm dropping the producers an email asking if you qualify for the submitting to the other shows. This writing game sometimes requires a little tenacity.
To those who haven't got a credit yet here's my advice:
Relax! Remove the pressure off yourself that inevatibly builds over the course of a series and just keep writing things *you* find funny not what you think the producers will like. In the past producers have stated the majority of submissions they receive are unbroadcastable. Keep writing things you think are good, it's still a real matter of luck, but by writing stuff you know is good and fits in with the structure of the show, you increase those odds of getting in. I.e. if they get 600 sketches and 300 are unbroadcastable, and your sketch is good, you're no longer look at odds of 1 in 600, it's 1 in 300, or maybe even 1 in 100 (depending on how good your sketch is). That's how I look at it, and keeps me calm and relaxed and never too disappointed when the Thursday emails are sent out, I know there's a lot of competition but I gave myself the best chance of getting a credit and that's all I can do.