Sunday, June 14, 2009

Operation: Work for Joss Whedon

This Friday, I started a hopefully unique campaign to draw attention to myself as a writer who should be working for Joss Whedon. For those of you who are not familiar with his work, he has written primarily for television, and is the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the film and the series, Angel, Firefly and Serenity, my own personal favorites, and most recently, Dollhouse. During the writer's strike, he wrote and produced a comedy/musical for the web called Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, and because of his large fan following and the quality of the writing, it became a huge success, proving that writing for the web is an important part of the industry and that writers should be compensated accordingly.





I love the genre of his writing. Fantasy and sci-fi are the main area of interest for my own artistic focus. Someone back in Atlanta, who lived out here for several years, told me that she landed a job working for a famous actor by calling his office every day. Finally, she became his personal assistant, and was eventually given small roles in some of his films. I thought this sounded like a fine idea, and Joss Whedon is the name that came to my mind as the one on whom I wanted to focus my efforts.





So, this past Friday I began the campaign. I sent in my first resume and cover letter to his company, Mutant Enemy Productions. I tried to make it clever and funny, and I imagine how he and his writers will gather around and read it and have a good laugh. They will see from my letter what a super writer I am, and that I need to be made a part of their staff post-haste. Or, maybe not. It is possible they won't notice this immediately. It may take a little while. Therefore, I plan to send in a resume and cover letter each week. Perhaps the letters will begin to tell a story, or suggest subliminal influence. Perhaps one will simply say "Please hire me," 50 times. I see it going one of two ways- he takes out a restraining order, or he gives me a job.





Also, I started a Facebook group called "Joss Whedon Should Hire Kristi to Work for him", and I am trying to get as many people to join as possible. I'm hoping this will drum up some attention from his people.





I am putting this in God's hands, and will see what happens. I'm not sure if this is something I'm supposed to do, but I do hope that soon I will be able to start making my living from my art. I am so thankful for my current job, but I hope to be able to use my mind and my talents, and not just my hands.

6 comments:

  1. The spaces are back like fissures in the earth. Don't fall in!

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  2. haha....i think you had a brilliant idea and if nothing else will show perseverance!

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  3. Go for it! I'll be joining your Facebook group posthaste. (What a great word. Thanks for reminding me of it.)

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  4. I hope it works out, Kristi! At least he will see you are persistent, and persistence is the #1 quality a writer needs! Right, Robin???

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  5. You can be like the widow in the Bible that keeps pestering the judge or whoever it was until he gives into her request. And Jesus said that's what prayer can be like. Maybe you'll discover you have the spriritul gift of nagging!

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