How To Get Paid as a Writer: Conversations with Writers and their Representation

How To Get Paid as a Writer: Conversations with Writers and their Representation Launch Pad and LA Skins Fest co-host a FREE Livestreaming panel on the business side of being a working writer. On Wednesday, July 14th, three pairs of writers and their managers will discuss topics such as: finding the right representation, working with your representation, and case… Read more »

Native American Writers Seminar

Due to the incredible success of our year round writers programs, we are partnering with the Cherokee Nation Film Office to launch the Native American Writers Seminar. This is a new intensive that provides mentoring support for new and developing writers. “The Cherokee Nation Film Office is thrilled to present this new seminar for emerging… Read more »

How To Get Paid as a Writer: Conversations with Writers and their Representation – Wrap Up

Thank you for joining the panel How to Get Paid as a Writer, presented by Launch Pad and LA Skins Fest! We hope you found the event informative and insightful. IF YOU MISSED THE EVENT, YOU CAN CHECK IT OUT HERE: HERE ARE SOME FANTASTIC QUOTES FROM OUR PANELISTS: “I don’t want to send [my… Read more »

4th Annual Native American Feature Film Writers Lab – Applications Now Closed

The Native American Media Alliance call for applications is now closed for the fourth annual Native American Feature Film Writers Lab. The Native American Feature Film Writers Lab addresses a growing need in the entertainment industry. According to the 2020 Writers Guild of America Inclusion Report, Native Americans represent 0.8% of screenwriters “having almost no… Read more »

Meilani Wenska

Meilani Wenska (Hawaiian) attended the Kamehameha Schools, where Hawaiian culture, music, writing, and dance are built into the curriculum. She received her BA degree in painting, worked professionally as a graphic designer for years and began selling her art prints successfully online. Expanding her horizons, Meilani found a deep passion screenwriting, directing, and acting. Her written… Read more »

Kat Smith

Kat Smith (Eagle Clan of the Tsimshian Tribe) has a strong performing arts background. By the time she was getting her Bachelor’s Degree in Theater under the Study of Dr. Terry Converse, Directing for the Stage, she had already studied Strasberg’s technique, Improv and produced over 60 shorts for her High School television production. She comes from… Read more »

Lewayne “Buddy” McQueen

Lewayne “Buddy” McQueen (Ely Shosone Tribe) has been performing improv for over a decade and produced his own improv show for over eight years. He was part of the award winning Alibi The Show in Las Vegas and made it to the semi-finals of Four Directions talent search. He has a BFA in film and digital media from University of… Read more »

Julia Morgan Leatham

Julia Morgan Leatham (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma) is a writer from Los Angeles, California. She is a proud citizen of the Cherokee Nation with lineage through the Wild Potato clan. A multi-media creator, Julia first found passion for writing and performance art through spoken word poetry and drag. Her written poetry and visual artwork is forthcoming… Read more »

Neyom Friday

Neyom Friday (Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma) is an experienced writer based in Manhattan Beach, California. Neyom has a Liberal Arts and Film Studies degree from Santa Monica College and Certificates in Screenwriting (TV and Feature Film) from UCLA. Much of the influence Neyom draws upon as a writer comes from her youth when she attended… Read more »

Camaray Davalos

Camaray Davalos (Payómkawichum/Xicana) graduated from Humboldt State University in 2018, majoring in Native American Studies. Using creative non-fiction as well as fiction, she has engaged readers of her work by covering Indigenous social and environmental issues, as well as the complexities of gender roles and identity. In 2020 she won the Native Voices 10th Annual Short Play… Read more »