One of the questions we’re asked most at Industrial Scripts is – “how do I build a career in script development?”
In truth, it’s not an exact science by any means but the key to getting ahead in development is to pay your dues.
The blunt truth of it is that Ridley Scott is not going to hire you as his Head of Development without you working as a Development Executive first. To beat the legions of others to a Development Executive position, of course, you’re going to have had to first earn your spurs as a Development Assistant or industry Script Reader – reading for big, reputable companies. To get these jobs you’re going to have to impress the powers-that-be either through your work as a runner, or your work as a script reader for small companies/for free.
Later on in your career, once you’ve established a reputation within development circles and got some big company names on your CV, you’ll begin to be considered for the occasional, rarely advertised full-time development job that comes up. You might move up through the ranks, spending around 3 years in a script development position, before moving to a new one, going into producing, or even starting your own independent script feedback service – only if you’ve accumulated the years of necessary credentials by this point to have your service taken seriously.
Here’s how the full-time jobs generally break down in development (note: Development Co-Ordinator is a rare job, with many companies lacking the need or resources to hire at this stage):
Development Assistant ->
(Development Co-Ordinator) ->
Development Executive ->
Head of Development
Here’s our handy visual guide to how a script development professional’s career evolves, and the kind of timeframes involved at each stage.
We hope you enjoy it, but remember, a serious career in script development is a marathon not a sprint – there aren’t any short-cuts, you just have to do the hard-yards if you’re serious about it!