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Pulling Your Hair Out: Conversations About The Writing Process

TV writer Richard Lowe talks with writers about how they write and what drives them to pull their hair out.
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Jun 5, 2019

Jeremy Hsu was born – and later, raised. Even though his parents wanted him to be a Certified Public Accountant, Jeremy always knew that he was destined to do at least one of two things: become a TV writer and disappoint his parents. He's been on five showrunner interviews.

"Making myself uncomfortable is pretty effective for getting me to do something I don't want to do. Anytime you're uncomfortable, something comes out of it."

// Pulling Your Hair Out is produced and hosted by Richard Lowe. Music by Joshua Moshier.

May 8, 2019

Shruti Saran is a screenwriter and third-culture kid from Ann Arbor, Michigan (by way of India, England, and Missouri). She graduated with a degree in Biology from the University of Michigan and began writing a few years later while working in digital marketing. She loves writing comedies with science-based premises and industry satires about unique workplaces. Her original pilot, BEFORE MARS, a Mars One satire, was a Tracking Board Finalist, Finish Line semi-finalist, and AFF quarterfinalist. She also recently wrote, directed, and produced the series GYM BUDDIES, a lady-driven, partly-musical web comedy about two women tryna get in shape, which was inspired by musical comedies and her own efforts to stay reasonably fit for a desk-based person. Currently, Shruti lives in Austin, TX with her fiancé, a crypto entrepreneur and the inspiration behind her first one-hour, a cryptocurrency drama called FINDING SATOSHI.

"I write everyday. I write on a really regular schedule. I get up in the morning and I write. And I'm really grateful that I have the freedom to do that."

• Shruti's website

• Shruti on Twitter

Gym Buddies

 

// Pulling Your Hair Out is produced and hosted by Richard Lowe. Music by Joshua Moshier.

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Apr 24, 2019

Margot Ye is a South Florida native and first-generation Chinese-American. She spent her childhood dodging piano practice, daydreaming at the pool, and swimming against the current of her large extended family. Putting her best practical foot forward, Margot left her hometown to pursue a business degree from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. There she quickly realized that finance and accounting were not her calling, but the industry of film and television beckoned. After working at a talent agency, production company, and post house, Margot studied the craft of storytelling at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television. Supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Margot’s short film OUT OF THE BLUE earned a DGA Student Film Award, LACMA’s Young Director Art of Film Award, and three UCLA Spotlight Awards for Best Narrative, Best Screenplay, and Best Visual Design.

Following grad school, Margot got a glimpse of the start-up life while producing content for media-tech companies such as Hulu, Google, Niantic, and Headspace. With enough stories to fill a fake Twitter feed, Margot left the tech sphere to focus on writing for television. Last year, Margot was selected for NBC’s Writers on the Verge fellowship, and she hasn’t looked back. She continues to daydream every chance she can get, but now she commits those dreams to script.

"I have thought to myself, 'Okay, tomorrow you're going to sit and write at your desk for three hours,' and if I plant that idea in my head, it helps. I think of it as an appointment with my desk."

• Margot on Facebook

• Margot on Instagram

 

// Pulling Your Hair Out is produced and hosted by Richard Lowe. Music by Joshua Moshier.

Apr 10, 2019

Jonathan Hurwitz is a writer living in Los Angeles. Most recently, he was the Writer’s Assistant on Disney Channel’s “Andi Mack,” where he received a Writers Guild Award nomination for his episode, “For The Last Time.” He’d like to thank Beyoncé for her continued support.

"If I get stuck, I'll go and run my errands and go through my day as if I'm the main character. I remember being at the grocery store and I was shopping for myself, but I was mentally shopping for him."

• Jonathan on Instagram

GLAAD's interview with Jonathan on his groundbreaking Andi Mack episode, "Once In A Minyan"

A clip from Joanthan's Andi Mack episode

 

// Pulling Your Hair Out is produced and hosted by Richard Lowe. Music by Joshua Moshier.

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