Well, good news... I sent my Writing Fellowship application out last week.
I had to write an episode of a television show currently in production. I chose How I Met Your Mother (HIMYM). It's one of the funniest shows out there. I wrote about 5 drafts of the script before my friend Lisa took a look at it and gave me some notes and edits to make. I also had to write a biography which was about a paragraph and a Statement of Interest.
After I finished I had posted on Facebook that I had finished my script. A friend of mine called me and asked what was up with it. We got to talking and it turns out she has a friend that used to work on HIMYM. She put me in touch with him and after chatting with him for a little bit he asked to read my script. I asked him to give me as much feedback as possible. He sent me an e-mail yesterday morning and said this..
"I think you really nailed the tone of the show. Pacing was strong, dialogue was right where it needed to be (Robin and Barney in particular), and the plot -- while wacky -- was perfectly in line with the kind of things that HIMYM have done to great success in the past. Likewise a big fan of some of the gags you worked in. All in all it was a an easy and entertaining read -- it "felt" like a HIMYM.
It was well-researched, funny, and definitely one of the strongest specs I’ve seen from someone not currently drawing a paycheck as a pro."
Not only did that make my day, it has given me a really big confidence boost. Now I have to figure out what the hell I am going to do to make this happen.