This interview took place in 2010, but Katie Willert still is a young comedienne making waves online as a writer and actress. Willert has has received much praise for her personal brand of comedy. She was kind enough to give me a great interview about her habits as a working writer and how she started writing in the first place.
Check out our interview below and enjoy.
Nick: How long have you been writing seriously?
Katie: I’ve been writing since I was 10, but I’ve only been writing seriously
for about 2 ½ years now.
Nick: How much writing have you done outside of comedy?
Katie: I’ve been writing prose and poetry for myself since I was 10 years old. In 5th and 6th grade, my closest friends and I had a writer’s workshop once a week and at the end we put together a pretty kickass literary magazine. All of my comedy writing has been what other people have read. All of the non-comedy writing I’ve kept to myself… Hopefully not for long.
Nick: What do you personally feel you can bring to the table as a writer?
Katie: My experiences. I’ve lived a LOT of life in 24 years. I’ve had a lot of crazy familial experiences and relationships and I think that makes my writing
Nick: If you could write any movie that’s already been made, what would it be and why?
Katie: I love “Drop Dead Gorgeous”… It’s such a well written comedy with a great plot. It also does a beautiful job of capturing a small town in the Midwest.
Nick: How often do you write?
Katie: Every day. Not a lot always, but I try to write everyday. I hope I get to a point where I have a more regimented writing schedule, because that’s when the good stuff comes out.
Nick: Personally, what do you ultimately want to accomplish in your career?
Katie: I want to be able to comfortably support myself by writing and performing.
I want to have more than enough money to pay my rent and bills while doing what
Nick: What aspects of screenwriting do you like and dislike the most?
Katie: I love getting to find the journey of the characters through dialogue and hearing their voices and how they interact with each other. The part I dislike the most is just how daunting it all seems when you’re getting started. But that’s the most important thing… Just getting started.
Nick: How many non-work related scripts have you written and completed?
Katie: I’m in the process of writing four different screenplays. When I get blocked or overwhelmed, I take a break and try to write something else. I really hope I finish them someday. I’ve written nine short plays since high school.
Nick: What was the first script you ever wrote?
Katie: I wrote a play about a high school misfit who captures his bully and traps him in a cage in his basement. I promise it was a comedy.
Nick: What do you hope the last script you ever write will be?
Much thanks to Katie for doing this for me. For more from Katie make sure to follow her on twitter.