I recently received a letter from Steven Spielberg.
The Steven Spielberg.
You know, the American director, producer and screenwriter of such films as E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, Munich, Schindler’s List, Jaws, Saving Private Ryan, The Color Purple, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Amistad, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Lincoln… to name a few.
The same Steven Spielberg that won two Academy Awards for best director (seven nominations), and created the “Blockbuster” film genre.
As a screenwriter, I have always looked up to certain filmmakers – specifically Steven Spielberg, Chris Columbus and Wes Anderson – and envied their ability to tell a story. These filmmakers totally suck you into the world they create, and you are completely captivated for one and a half to two and a half hours.
So, you better believe I was beyond excited to find a letter with a return address labelled “Steven Spielberg, Amblin Entertainment” in my mailbox.
I mean, it was from Steven Spielberg!
The Steven Spielberg!
The one and only.
Steve-o! (That’s probably what his close friends call him, and obviously it is only a matter of time before I lovingly call him that too.)
I should note: the letter wasn’t totally unexpected. After publishing my novel last month I sent my book to a few of my favorite filmmakers with the hope that they would read it, love it, want to make it into a feature film, and pay me money for the right to do so.
So, when I saw the letter, I was like…
I ripped open the envelope and pulled out the letter…
And it said, “Thank you for your enquiry. We do not accept unsolicited materials. Please do not send anything ever again. Thanks, The Legal Department.”
And, at first I was like…
But, then I was like…
“I got a letter from Steven Spielberg!”
Because, it’s always better to focus on the positive rather than the negative.*
* Unless you’re talking about a blood test where a positive would actually be a negative.