We had the good fortune of connecting with Alexa Alemanni and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Alexa, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
There are two things that are lacking in Los Angeles if you’re looking to start a career. Community and continued education. Film is a collaborative art form, and yet it’s very hard to find a community of fellow artists in Los Angeles that isn’t in some way transient. (Film shoots end, TV shows get canceled.) There are amazing schools all over the country to get an advanced degree in, but there’s limited opportunities, particularly in screenwriting, to continue to practice, learn and grow.

I brought those two ideas together when I created Bad Pitch Writers Lab. It’s a place for burgeoning young writers to find that community and continue to learn and better their craft.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Bad Pitch Writers Lab provides a home for the ongoing practice in the craft of screenwriting. Taking one class here or there, or paying for feedback is never going to be as effective as a consistent gathering of your peers, all pursuing the same career, all invested in one another, offering each other feedback, and growing & learning & building their own careers, together.

Bad Pitch Writers Lab is successful because it is built on the very core of success in the film business: collaboration, and constant improvement. Over the past five years we have grown from a few students in a dark studio, to five ongoing labs, quarterly intro classes and have even more exciting developments coming soon.

It can often feel like everyone knows someone when you first move to Hollywood, and that you know no one. But if you can find a place that celebrates community, and creates a space for you to grow and advance your career within that community, then you’ll be on your way in no time.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love exploring the stories of Old Hollywood. Knowing where Preston Sturges used to sit at the old Miyagi’s on Sunset and write Palm Beach Story, the dark and crazy history of Greystone Mansion and the oil explosion that launched Los Angeles, cocktails and fried chicken at The Prince in K-town, Joan Didion’s old house, The Last Bookstore, Watts Coffee House and more

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Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have to give a shoutout to the theater community of Vassar College, where I went to school, and particularly Philaletheis, the student run theater. It taught me from a very young age that community is everything, and if you can’t find it, no one is stopping you from building it.

Website: www.badpitchwriterslab.com

Instagram: @badpitchwriterslab

Twitter: @AlexaAlemanni

Image Credits
Yves Bright, Kathryn Zahorak

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