Monday, April 19, 2021

Catalyst TV Festival, Duluth @ITVfest @catalystories




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This weekend I took a road trip with my sister and a friend to see an independent TV festival in Duluth called the Catalyst. This festival will feature screenings,script readings and networking events for writers, artists and producers across the video streaming industry giving artists an opportunity to meet industry executives, agents, and producers. Creators won't be coming with a finished product, they might have a script or a pilot of an episode that they’re pitching in the hopes of getting streamed by somewhere like Netflix.
Cassie St. Onge (pictured above)

While at the festival, I listened to a talk about the Writer's Room with guest speakers Mike Rottman and Cassie St. Onge @Caissie .Cassie had written jokes for Jay Leno, Rosie O'Donnell and Andy Cohen.  Cassie talked about how as long as you're punching up, there's enough humor to go around and how she keeps a notebook by her bed, for the times she believes she's figured out the secrets of the universe.  She's written for Joan Rivers and has had to embody Joan's voice.  She described how there were times when Joan might have said 'I said that, isn't that funny?' and Cassie would tell Joan, 'No I wrote that.' 
Cassie remarked about her time as a writer in the Writers Room and how she would be told by producers that two jokes would be added to the cue cards but then she'd find out a joke was thrown away and then ultimately ONE joke would make it to the Monologue.  Basically, telling writers not to be discouraged, because a lot of their jokes will be thrown away but a FEW might make it. And to relax "If you're creative, You're always going to have ideas."

This road trip to the Festival had been in the works for a while and I had been saving some money for the trip by driving LYFT.
 

Many LYFT customers have told me stories you would NEVER believe. One customer told me a story that would have got him arrested. Let’s just say he drove for another app company and took advantage of his position as a driver. Assault is real and I was more than happy to get the smuck out of my car when his ride had ended. But on the most part I've picked up some pretty decent passengers and had tons of fun!!!!! I’ll have to give you updates on my trip next week as I’m still roadtripping at the moment.



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