April Shih is a comedy writer in Los Angeles. Born and raised in Southern California, April attended film school at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She wrote, directed, and produced the indie feature You, Only Better and has produced several plays including the Ovation Award-winning revival of Kiss of the Spiderwoman: The Musical. April spent two years playing professional poker in Las Vegas before completing her degree in English Creative Writing (Playwriting) at Cal State Northridge. April was a Top 3-finalist of the Final Draft Big Break contest, winner of the TV Academy Foundation comedy writing internship, and most recently was a fellow in the 2017 CAPE New Writers Fellowship.
"I ask my friends all the time, "What do you think my weaknesses are, what do you think my strengths are?" And it is interesting to me when I check in every six months or every year and it starts changing. That's when it's interesting to me, because it's like, "Oh, I can get better at something.""
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• The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron
Kiyong Kim was born in Korea and grew up in Los Angeles before going to art school in Boston. He studied Illustration at the Massachusetts College of Art, and took creative writing classes at Emerson College where he first discovered what a script was. After graduating, he moved back to Los Angeles and focused on writing and directing. His first script, Brobot, placed 4th in the Slamdance Screenwriting Competition. Since then, he’s written and directed short films that have won contests, played at festivals, and have been licensed for distribution. Kiyong decided to focus on television writing, and was chosen for the Nickelodeon Writing Fellowship, the NBC Writers on the Verge program, and the CAAM Fellowship, where Kourtney Kang was his mentor.
He works full time as a Graphic Designer pushing pixels around by day, and works on scripts and an animated web series on nights and weekends.
“I need to see the small wins for me. And make it an achievable thing to aim for. Otherwise it's so overwhelming, this thing that we're trying to do.”
Melynda Bissmeyer is a grad of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and has developed and managed projects and productions in film, theater and new media for MTV Networks, Blue Man Group and Fox and worked as a freelance journalist for Premiere, Spin, Rolling Stone, Conde Nast Travel and The Village Voice. Her television scripts have been finalists in Script Pipeline, Scriptapalooza, the Page Screenwriting Awards and Final Draft’s Big Break. She currently has a feature in development with producer Emily Ting of Unbound Feet Productions.
"The biggest thing for me is I will be very open to notes about plot and structure and characters. But the one thing I do know is I know my voice as a writer and I know what I’m good at and I know what I’m not as good at."
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