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How do you break into speechwriting? (And why?)
Your time is precious I know, and likely worth a whole lot more than mine.
To the point: Is there a way I can break into or gently ease up to writing speeches for others?
I'm confident in my skills, but how and to whom do I convey that "give me my first break" pitch without falling flat on my face?It's hardly the first time my precious time has been taken up trying to answer this question. The advice I usually give is: Do some speeches pro bono, for local politicians or the directors of nonprofits who could use the help. Use those speeches as clips to show to to other organizations—preferably organizations whose industries you understand and are interested in—in hopes you'll get one assignment, then, two and three. But there's nothing gentle or easy about that, and I always think: Isn't there anything else I can tell this person? Speechwriters, I put it to you: How would you advise this man of questionable sanity who wants to break into the speechwriting game? I'll point him here for your suggestions. —DM