TV writer (and former writers’ and showrunner’s assistant) Liz Alper explains how she got her first job on a TV show, what skills are invaluable to have as a writers’ assistant, how common it is for writers’ assistants to be allowed to pitch episode ideas, offers advice for aspiring TV writers not living in L.A. and much more.
(NOTE: When this episode was recorded, Liz was the showrunner’s assistant to David Shore (HOUSE M.D., BATTLE CREEK). A couple weeks later – just prior to uploading this podcast – she and writing partner Ally Seibert were officially hired as staff writers on CHICAGO FIRE. All congratulatory tweets can be sent to @LizAlps and @Ally_Seibert. Great work Liz and Ally!)