For my four Follow Fridays this November, I'm going to highlight as many people as I can manage to write about on an otherwise busy Friday. Hopefully no-one will feel left out! Maybe I'll stay committed and keep going after November. That way I can introduce to you a whole mess of super interesting folks.
#1. Garner Haines - @garnerhaines
Garner and I met years ago, participants of the Final Draft Big Break competition. Neither of us won. But neither of us gave up, either, and it's resulted in some slowly kindled writer career success. Garner's success took off in a big way last year when he signed with the Hudson Agency in New York, and has been up to his ears in pitches and meetings ever since. Garner's biggest talent is his ability to crank out the pages - not just quantity pages, but quality pages. He was one of the first writers in Canada to produce a podcast webseries, titled "Hockey Strike". A multi-talented writer, he's written both features and television - more recently, he's been focused on children's programming. In 2008, Garner's Corner Gas spec "Violation" won the Wildsound competition in Toronto. More recently, Garner's original sci-fi TV pilot "The Time is Right" was selected and read by a room of professional actors at Lift Out Loud. Definitely a force to be reckoned with, you'll see his name in the credits soon!
#2. Rachel Langer - @rachlanger @FutureXWaitress
I met social media maven Rachel on Twitter - where else! - about a year ago. Another budding television writer, we had an instant connection. Rachel's focus is one-hour format, and writes delicious dramas with sci-fi/fantasy flavour. She co-hosts Scriptchat, a weekly Twitter event where novice and experienced screenwriters come together to share experiences and cheer each other on. Rachel also runs a weekly competition called the "Double Shift Logline Challenge" or #DLSC - Tweeters submit their film and television loglines to her in the hopes of winning everything from script notes, to biographies and more. Throw in a talented editor/director husband (@dereklanger) and you have a dynamic duo ready to rock the world of indy production! Rachel recently rebooted her on-line personality as @futureXwaitress - a "writer for hire" by donation, as a step towards omitting the "day job" and making writing her full-time career. Go Rachel!
#3. Clara - @torturedpotato
Clara is awesome. She is also some sort of Linux function, according to Google. We met years ago, thanks to Philsy. Someone quipped that Clara is the Stuart McLean of bloggers, and I couldn't agree more. Her writing seems effortless - the muse strikes, the keyboard is poked, and voila: six-layer chocolate cake, gooey with inspiration and emotion. When she's not busy writing up a storm, Clara is chasing after her adorable boys - affectionately nicknamed Trombone and Fresco. Clara has guest blogged on a few sites I believe, including TenthtotheFraser.ca. She likes potato chips very much. Go follow her. Do it. Now.
Three. That's a good number to start with. Over and out.