Sunday, January 20, 2013

Freedman's Question

One of the most important lessons writers can get was given more than 60 years ago by Harold Freedman, the legendary agent of playwrights such as Clifford Odets, Noel Coward, Thornton Wilder and Arthur Laurents. The first question Freeman asked a prospective new client was: "What kind of playwright do you want to be? Good or successful?" The answer, of course, was always "Both." But the agent would insist. "Good or successful? Which first?" It's worth finding an answer. What's your decision if the authentic and sellable are in conflict?


  1. Successful first. Later, there is much room for development.

  2. I'd say, *good* first. It definitely improves the odds for later success.