Case study

Development associate/literary agent — Amelie Evans

Amelie loves seeing literary projects come to life on screen, and shares how her creative and business skills are a great combination for this industry

How did you get your job?

I found an internship (advertised on the PMA website) in the literary and development department, which represents writers, directors and book to film rights, as well as developing projects with clients. I was then asked to stay on as an agent's assistant. I worked as an assistant for two years before being promoted to the position of development associate; focusing solely on the development of projects for and with the agency's clients.

What are your main work activities at the agency?

I have a nice mix of creative and business-related tasks, which I love. This includes reading scripts and books, writing coverage on scripts and putting together pitches/presentations around projects, plus research and idea development. I also handle contracts and general administration around our projects, including budgets, schedules and logistics.

What do you enjoy about your job?

I love the process of taking something - an article, podcast, book or even an idea in someone's head - and developing it, shaping it and helping to bring it to life on the screen.

What are the most challenging parts?

Switching rapidly between creative, open-ended tasks and administrative tasks is a skill I've had to develop. Both are hugely important and have tight deadlines but require different ways of thinking.

How relevant is your job to your degree?

My English language and linguistics degree taught me about the value of good writing and the power of language use, which constantly informs the way I view books and scripts.

How has your role developed and what are your career ambitions?

My role develops alongside the progression of projects. My ambition is to become a producer, with a range of projects I'm passionate about and that I can push forward.

What advice would you give to others looking to work in this area?

Watch lots of films and TV and form your own opinion of them. One thing interviewers are looking for is your ability to talk about something you've watched, whether you liked it, what you liked/disliked and so on. If you have a reason for your opinion, there isn't a wrong answer.

Consider applying for jobs that aren't exactly what you want to do, as there's a lot of movement in the industry. If your first job or internship isn't exactly right, it will still be a step towards your goal. My first internship wasn't in exactly what I wanted to do, but it gave me the experience and a starting point to get me where I wanted to be.

Building a network is vitally important. When you meet people (other interns, assistants, agents - anyone) you get on with during work experience/internships keep in touch, as people in industry often hear about jobs that aren't advertised and may be able to send opportunities your way.

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