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T.D. Jakes on Breaking Into Hollywood and Selling Your First Script

After penning over 30 self-help titles and novels (two of which became New York Times bestsellers) and producing films like Jumping The Broom and the highly anticipated Sparkle remake starring the late Whitney Houston, Bishop T.D. Jakes has become a true force in Hollywood. But his breakthrough into the media bizz was anything but conventional.

In his Mediabistro So What Do You Do? interview, Jakes gave some valuable advice for writers and authors looking to break into the film biz.

“The old adage is it’s not what you know but who you know. I think that’s very, very important. There are a lot of people who know the ‘what’ of it but don’t know the ‘who’ of it. Everything advances through relationships, and the better you build strong relationships, the more opportunity you’re going to have.”

So, what makes a script great for TDJ Enterprises? “I think it has to be something that has a message,” he said.

Read the full interview in So What Do You Do, Bishop T.D. Jakes?

Andrea Hackett

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