Control of TV
My girlfriend, Kathryn, is very good at writing television. When a producer reached out about adapting KmikeyM to the small screen, my first thought was, "This is very exciting!" and my second thought was "I should do this with Kathryn!"
While I understand things best by doing them, Kathryn looks for “a narrative though-line”. She’s always looking for the WHY behind the action, and as many shareholders know, she’s obsessed with finding people’s “core wound” and figuring out how that motivates them in the day to day.
Her storytelling brain guided me as I put together my TEDx talk, which otherwise would have been a jumbled mess of mildly amusing anecdotes. Instead, the speech was a cogent overview of this project and how it has affected me emotionally, and the impact it has made on those I care about. The story also made me cry when I told it. Well played, Kathryn.
Here’s the thing with Kathryn when she’s writing: no one is allowed in. She’s super protective of her process when she’s developing an idea. It can be frustrating: I love talking projects, I love talking process, but I don’t love waiting around while Kathryn goes on an innumerable amount of three-hour long bike rides until she’s eventually ready to “reveal her genius.”
As we work on this together I am unsure of my role. Kathryn’s life work is TV writing, and my life’s work is KmikeyM.
The question for me is, should I be an equal partner / co-founder in this endeavor? Or should I be a resource for her and let her take the lead based on her skills and experience? To put it in the technical terms as regulated by the Writers’ Guild of America – should I lobby for co-creator, or be a non-writing executive producer?
If I co-create this, then my involvement is much more active. If I grant her the lead position, then I am still working with her to make it happen, but she is directing the pace and direction.
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