Well, I'm back from the Adrian Mead Seminar in London... I had a fab day!
I've been on many, many scriptwriting short courses now: I make a point of going on at least one a year, since Adrian points out that the industry is constantly changing and it's always a good idea to keep one's skills up-to-date. Also, I like to be in a position to be able to reccommend courses to Bang2write clients and I can safely say: if you do no other, do this one. Adrian Mead and Clare Kerr were fantastic, really positive and helpful. Adrian is a great, not to mention funny, orator and much kudos to Clare and her band of Helpers who kept everything flowing not only in terms of coffee, tea and food but also pointing out who might want to network with whom.
Adrian offered a variety of insights that I'm sure will be dissected by a plethora of blogs across the Scribosphere, so I won't go into it in minute detail; what I will say that his and the rest of the team's attitudes proved really inspiring. So often one can go to these courses and enjoy them, but really just have confirmed what you already really know. This was a different kind of course, since it was all about enabling your life plan and your goals but without the touchy-feely-everybody-fall-into-each-others'-arms trust exercises that us Brits typically find embarrassing and a little bit scary!
He also emphasised the importance of common courtesy and being generous to each other: helping people out is what gets you ahead; it never hurts to be known as "Mr (or Mrs.) Nice". I totally agree with this. People have been incredibly kind to me over the years, going out of their way to advise me and help me find my way and now, having been a Reader for a few years, I have even been a position to return the favour on occasion which has been fantastic. Whilst Karma can be over-simplified, I do feel this very basic principle can really help the Media World go round and make it much nicer place to work, without the "You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours" cliquey idea, which promotes notions of industry fatcats locked away in dark little rooms.
In addition to the course itself, the event allowed ample time for networking, which was great. I saw all my usual "Homies" Lianne, Good Dog and Lara, but was able to meet Dominic, Pillock and Potdoll at last as well as numerous Bang2write clients past and present! I was also able to meet many other interesting people - I have your cards now, so I will be in touch very soon.
So a great day was had by all... In fact, the only downside was I now have a very sore throat from yakking so much. Oh: and Good Dog grabbed my arse in front of Adrian Mead. Thanks for that. I will get you back...Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow...But soon. Be very afraid, GD!