‘Seriously, it’s a big deal!’ he tells more successful brother
Having his script ‘Windjammers’ included on the 2008 Black List is an extreme honor, unemployed screenwriter Andy Jenkins tried to convince his family yesterday.
“It basically means my writing is on par with the best pros in Hollywood,” the 32-year-old Pittsburgh native said. “The last nine years of honing my craft have really paid off.”
Jenkins’ brother Michael, a high-priced divorce lawyer, disagreed.
“Well, technically, Andy, it hasn’t paid off at all. You’re broke,” he said. “If your writing is so good, how come you have no sales or assignments to show for it? The list doesn’t even sound real. If anything, it sounds like you’ve been blackballed, which would make a lot more sense.”
Jenkins moved to Los Angeles in 1999, and has worked various odd jobs as he pursues his dream of being a full-time screenwriter. The 2008 Black List mention marks the first notable achievement in his career, at least that’s what he wants his family to understand.
“Being on [the Black List] is a major validation of my talent,” said Jenkins, before adding, “It’s not necessarily a ‘best of’ list, just a ‘most liked.’ But still, it’s huge. I could get a job any year now!”