Final Draft Big Break is celebrating its 20th anniversary! We wanted to share some of the success stories. Meet Kat Corbett, Top 3 in 2018 with Freedom 90 in the period/historical/war feature category.
Kat Corbett is a radio DJ veteran with thousands of broadcast hours under her belt from KROQ in Los Angeles and SiriusXM. While in radio, she honed her craft writing comedy bits for air and copywriting for a vast array of clients. Not wanting to be pigeonholed as a music person, Kat wrote a dramatic Gulf War script Freedom 90, which garnered a Top 3 Finalist spot in the 2018 Final Draft competition. In addition, Kat’s screenplay and a TV pilot both scored Second Rounder status from the Austin Film Festival, she was a top 10 ATX Pitch Fest finalist, a 3rd Quarter finalist for Shore Scripts, and a Screencraft Short Story semifinalist. Kat Corbett’s voiceover work includes clients such as Mercedes Benz, and in 2017 & 2018 Kat was the Fox Sports promo voice for the FIFA World Cup. Kat lives in Los Angeles with her three rescue dogs.
Why did you decide to enter Final Draft Big Break with all the other contests out there?
After a lot of research, I found Big Break always landed in the top 10 for best competitions. Big Break has built a reputation for helping writers establish their careers and find representation, and industry professionals trust the folks at Big Break for referrals.
What has happened to your screenwriting career since your advancement in the contest?
It has established my career. Prior to being a finalist of Big Break, I was unknown to the industry. Now I have the validation to press forward and use this accomplishment to help create my brand.
What advice would you give to someone considering entering their scripts in contests?
Do your research. Not all contests are created equal. Submission can get expensive so take the time to investigate which ones will really pay off for you and your material.
What advice do you have for contest-winning writers to take the most advantage of that success?
Make sure you have more material. You want to capitalize on your win by having other scripts that are ready to be read.
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Tips for meeting executives?
I’m still trying to get the hang of this, however, the folks at Big Break have been extremely helpful facilitating connections. When you become a finalist, they are very hands on making sure your scripts are being read by the right people.
What's the biggest mistake writers make when entering contests?
Make sure your script is ready. Don’t rush to submit for a contest. We all know how taking a little time away from a script can reveal its flaws. So be patient. Get good notes. Revised. Spell check. Revise again.
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