But when they become public property – when the name you gave that tightly-wrapped bundle of potential starts popping up as part of people’s favourite TV shows – it takes a bit of getting used to. He’s not one of the stars, but he’s part of a package they regard with proprietorial interest: their show, their entertainment in their living rooms. It’s as if he’s developed an alter ego: a nebulous, shadowy being that viewers consider theirs.
But it seems that was only the beginning. Last Thursday, my son tore himself away from his desk, donned his suit, I assume (unheard of!), and presented himself at the American Consulate in Sydney as requested. Shorn of homelife and history, for that evening, he was yet another person I didn’t know: Theirs. One of nine screenwriters shortlisted for the 2014 Enderby Entertainment Screenwriting Scholarship, circulating among the big-wigs, boffins, champagne and finger food of an official reception, together with ten playwrights shortlisted for the 2014 Edward Albee Playwriting Scholarship.
Until he wasn’t. Because he’d won.This scholarship involves a four week residency in LA under the mentorship of the independent film company, Enderby Entertainment. Its purpose is to develop the screenplay that won him the award, provide a sustained introduction to the Hollywood scene and introduce him to LA agents, producers and studio execs in the interests of his future career.
Oh. My. God.