Since I was 12, my dream job has been being an author. I never really wanted to be anything else, except for maybe briefly wanting to be a librarian. (As a side note…I find it absolutely crazy that it’s been over a decade since I decided I want to be an author. And 17 years since I wrote my first story. Yeeep…I feel old!)
Well, I’ve achieved the dream. I may not have my own book published yet, but with all the short stories I’ve got published in various anthologies, I’ve counted myself as a real author now for a couple of years. So of course, my mind moved on to a new aspiration, a new dream job.
I’m never going to quit writing. Ever. It’s as much a part of my life as Justin and Toby are.
But over the past few years (actually as long as Justin and I have been together), I’ve come to see how cool and important the medium of film is. Justin doesn’t read–he watches TV. As sad as it is, that is how the majority of people work nowadays.
But beyond that, I love how visual the medium is. I get excited when characters look exactly as I’ve imagined them. In fact, I’ve started looking for pictures of actors and scenes of movies to illustrate my own books on Pinterest.
So the dream job I have in mind for myself now is what I’d like to call a film consultant. I don’t even know if this job exists in real life, but I sure wish it did.
I picture it working like this: I would be paid to look at a bunch of different books and select ones to suggest a production company make into movies or tv shows. Or, heck, I’d even do it for free! I already have a list of books I’d suggest–the Toch Island Chronicles, the Artemis Fowl series, and for a tv show, I really believe Brandon Sanderon’s Mistborn series would be a hit. Those are just my top three–I have more, trust me (and I can give you EXACT reasons why each of these would be great, and why I’d chose movie or tv for each book. You know. In case anyone is interested.) 😉
There are so many books that, if done properly, would be huge hits. Especially fantasy and science fiction stories, since there’s a big market for them right now (look at how well Game of Thrones, The Hobbit, and all the superhero movies are doing.) And because I not only love both books and film, but also read a ton and have, IMHO, a pretty decent taste (much better than whoever chose to make 50 Shades of Gray into a movie!), I think I’d be pretty darn good at this sort of job.
This is probably going to forever stay on my ‘dream job’ list. I don’t know anyone in the film industry. I wouldn’t even know where to start to get contacts in that industry. But man…I wish this could happen.