I was watching the season premiere of “Justified” the other night and saw a familiar face: actor Michael Rapaport. I’ve been a fan of Michael’s ever since he played struggling actor Dick Ritchie in “True Romance”. But there’s another reason I have a soft spot for him.
The first time I went to a foreign country was right after college. My girlfriend at the time was an ROTC army scholar who was surprised upon graduation with an active duty assignment in Panama, Central America. I flew to see her, but we mostly stayed on the army base. We ventured out once, saw some sights, but really, I was a pretty fearful traveler back then.
In every screenwriter’s career, there’s the moment when you’re a good enough writer to have sold a screenplay, even good enough to be hired to write one on assignment, but…it just hasn’t happened yet. You’re caught in that wide chasm between being an amateur and being a professional. You’re Pro-Am.