Episode 16: From Houston to Harvard to Hollywood: Making It To The Writer’s Room w/ Damilare Sonoiki

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THE DRIVE
What does it take to make it as a screenwriter in the TV industry today? On this episode of Dreams In Drive, Damilare Sonoiki shares how he made it to the writer’s room. From his current role as a staff writer on the ABC show Black-ish  to launching the viral Youtube trailer for African Booty ScratcherDamilare is putting his footprint is slowly building his own writing legacy. He talks about his road to Cali, some of the lessons he’s learned, and the challenges and epiphanies he’s experienced along the way.

IN THIS PODCAST YOU’LL LEARN:
– How Damilare got a writing agent & became a staff writer on Black-ish
– Why you don’t always have to “start from the bottom” in order to land a great writing gig
– What really happens inside the writer’s room + how to handle being the “youngest” in the room
– Why finding a mentor is SUPER important
– The key to getting in the right industry networks + what happened when he met Drake
– Why you shouldn’t force if it’s not the right time
– The formula for getting ahead as a writer
– What inspired Damilare to write, film, and create the trailer for African Booty Scratcher 

DAMILARE’S RECOMMEND READING:
– Elephant Bucks: An Inside Guide to Tv Writng For Sitcoms by Sheldon Bull
– Save The Cat: The last Book on Screenwriting You’l Ever Need by Blake Synder
– Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting  by Syd Field

damilare sonoiki black-ish writer

DAMILARE’S  KEYS TO SUCCESS (WHAT YOU ABSOLUTELY NEED IN YOUR TOOLKIT):

  1. Ambition

CONNECT WITH DAMILARE SONOIKI ONLINE:
Twitter: @dsonoiki
Instagram: @dsonoiki | @africanbs
Site: http://www.africanbs.com/
African Booty Scratcher Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1PaYSwdPEI

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About Rana Campbell

Rana Campbell is the host of the Dreams In Drive Podcast and owner and founder of Dreams In Drive LLC. She is a marketing/branding expert that loves helping creatives & lifestyle entrepreneurs build brands that SHINE in the business world.

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