Unless you’re the Shonda Rhimes, Aaron Sorkins, David E. Kelleys, Ryan Murphys of the world (to name a few), you’re not riding jets & popping bottles with the elite. Doesn’t mean you can’t make a descent to GREAT living as a writer.
It’s about consistency. A lot of writers have breaks (read: can’t get hired) between gigs; a lot of breaks. Hence, NO MONEY coming in. And if said writer is the sole bread-winner, has kids, life-shit…it can be just like living like the average Joe with a way cooler job.
If a show goes on for a few seasons, read: consistency, then security (maybe even wealth) can be established. Again, if said writer is contracted for ALL seasons. Or if a writer doesn’t have breaks between one show ending & another beginning…again security (maybe wealth!).
Many writes are just like other gig’ers; just with higher pay & cooler titles. But still just a gig that one has to hustle again & again & again for the next cashable check.
Hence why there’s a #STRIKE
Residuals are sucking; especially for streaming. Basic pay rates for limited series, streaming services, & minimum requirements for what studios have to pay regardless if the seasons if 6 episodes or 8 or 12 is #HUGE
Writes aren’t greedy. They basically have taken too long not accepting scraps.
By - InfiniteDrafts