One of the questions we’re asked most at Industrial Scripts is, “how do I build a career in script development?”
It’s not an exact science by any means, but the key to getting ahead in development is to pay your dues.
The blunt truth is that Ridley Scott is not going to hire you as his Head of Development without you working as a Development Executive first.
To beat the legions of others to a Development Executive position, of course, you’ll have to first prove yourself as a Development Assistant or industry Script Reader. This means reading for big, reputable companies.
To get these jobs you’ll have to impress the powers-that-be somehow. This is usually either through your work as a runner or as a script reader for small companies/for free.
Later on in your career, you’ll have established a reputation within development circles and got some big company names on your CV. Then you’ll begin to be considered for the occasional, rarely advertised full-time development job.
You might move up through the ranks, spending around 3 years in a script development position before moving to a new one. Then going into producing, or even starting your own independent script feedback service. That is, only if you’ve accumulated the years of necessary credentials by this point to have your service taken seriously.
Here’s how the full-time jobs in script development generally break down:
(note: Development Co-ordinator is a rare job, with many companies lacking the need or resources to hire at this stage)
- PA/Assistant/Runner/Intern ->
- Development Assistant ->
- (if applicable, Development Co-ordinator) ->
- Development Executive ->
- Head of Development
Here’s our handy visual guide to how a script development professional’s career evolves, and the kind of timeframes at each stage.
Remember, a serious career in script development is a marathon not a sprint. There aren’t any short-cuts – you just have to do the hard work if you’re serious about it!