Screenwriting Jobs – Are These Jobs Recession Proof?

By on April 8, 2013

So, Screenwriting jobs are generally highly specific. For example, drama script writers generally only work on dramas and comedy writers work on comedies. When you are hired for a job in screenwriting you are generally not going to work on any other type of script. This is because script writers are hired for specific projects.

While there are film schools and courses that are designed to provide education in screenwriting and taking these courses can be of benefit in your career. They can also provide you with a wealth of knowledge and skills quickly. They are not required however, in order to become a screen writer.

There are many screenwriters who never went to school for screenwriting that make successful careers out of writing for movies and Television. Some people simply make use of the skills they already possess and the wealth of knowledge available from less traditional educational resources, such as the internet. They take this knowledge and a passion for writing or creating and turn it into a career.

Screenwriting jobs are some of the hardest to do, most writers will tell you that while they love their work and have a great passion for it, and it does not always come easy. Coming up with new ideas that keep people entertained can be incredibly difficult, daunting, stressful and frustrating. It is also one of the most rewarding things to do.

Individuals in successful screenwriting jobs all have some things in common. They are passionate, observant people who are constantly learning and growing. In order to make characters believable especially ones you write everyday you have to study the people around you. You have to know what people are looking for when it comes entertainment in order to provide it for them. This requires research, observation and creativity.

Another thing to remember is that while writers are paid for their work and some are paid quite well, writers do not usually write for money. They write because they love what they do, that is one of the things that gives people the ability to write adaptively and over the long term. This is some of the requirements for being successful in screenwriting jobs.

Screenwriting for the movies can be significantly easier than for television. The jobs however, are not quite the same. Most movies scripts are written and then purchased. This is one type of job that a screenwriter can have. Another writing job is as a staff writer for a production studio. These studios may do television, movies or both. Staff writers have a variety of different possible positions. Some of them work in highly specific jobs for specific projects. These are the majority of positions but there are also positions for writers who make corrections and handle revisions or provide polish to the script. All of these positions are important and many beginning or student writers get screenwriting jobs working to handle revisions and corrections while they gain experience in the industry.

About Joe Screenwriter

I've been working in Hollywood at a major film studio for over 10 years. I've read thousands of scripts, run a screenplay coverage company and worked for a successful producer. I'm not a screenwriter, but I know good scripts from bad and have built up a cornucopia of knowledge.


  1. Florian Doudou

    August 16, 2013 at 1:09 am

    Good post, thanks for the work you put into it

  2. Sert Rambo

    August 16, 2013 at 1:20 am

    AWESOME, thank you so much for posting this.

  3. Philipp Kuschnig

    August 16, 2013 at 1:21 am

    Hey I really like your post, kinda a reality check. Thank you.