BWW Blog: Jennifer Rudin - Meet FREEWAY Writer Jennifer Rudin
Name: Jennifer Rudin
Hometown: New York City
Tell us (2-3 sentences) about your role in Freeway.
I am the playwright and the casting director too!
How did you decide to become a writer?
I've been keeping diaries since I was six years old and wrote lots of plays and short stories as a child. I've been surrounded by scripts my whole life, first as a professional child actor and then for many years as a casting director. I dabbled in playwriting in my late 20s, then put it all aside to focus on my career as casting director. When I turned 40, I came back to writing when HarperCollins published my book Confessions of a Casting Director: Help Actors Land any Role with Secrets from Inside the Audition Room. In 2012, I started taking TV writing classes with Alan Kingsberg, who encouraged me to apply to NYU's Dramatic Writing program. I'm in my final semester now at and will graduate in May 2017!
What inspires you?
Daily love and laughter with my husband, reading a book on the beach, a glass of white wine and sushi, cycling. And watching great actors.
What do you wish you'd known before you became a writer?
You've got to go deep. That's what all my NYU professors have been saying to me. Go deep. If you're not broken, you can't be a writer so dig down and find that rage and pain. You have to turn off the phone and all distractions and sit down in the chair and write. There's no other way.
Three words to describe your experience in Freeway.
Cathartic, fun, inspiring!
I just launched my new company Purple Glasses. My 1/2 hour pilot Lucy in the Sky, a 2016 Sloan Writing award recipient is a finalist in the 2017 Fusion Film Festival. And I'm signing books on February 20 at 5 PM at The Drama Bookshop! Come out and say hello!
Jen Rudin is an award-winning writer, casting director and author of Confessions of a Casting Director: Help Actors Land Any Role with Secrets from Inside the Audition Room. Visit www.jenrudin.com and www.purpleglassesproductions.com for more info and follow her @RudinJen.