Nick Watson Signs with Abrams Artist Agency

Nick Watson Success Story

Nick Watson, winner of the 2014-2015 Fresh Voices half-hour TV pilot competition, has signed with the leading literary agency,  Abrams Artists Agency, and now writes for comedy and animation shows such as 'Littlest Pet Shop: A World of Our Own' for Hasbro Studios, and most recently the Conan O'Brien-produced animated series 'Final Space' for TBS.

Nick’s success is no surprise to us here at Fresh Voices having first identified his potential in 2014. His hilarious ½ Hr pilot, Mr. Doom, about a supper villain struggling to balance his obligations to his family and the Super Villain’s Union, stole the show in 2014 screenplay competition, sweeping all 4 rounds of the judging in the ½ Hour Pilot category.

Nick grew up in rural Australia, moving to Melbourne to study screenwriting at the prestigious Victorian College of the Arts. From there he went on to teach Screenwriting at the University of Melbourne, and wrote for an Australian late-night comedy show for three seasons. He then took the leap to the U.S. in 2015, where he quickly made his way up the ranks. Nick is currently working across a number of projects including writing for an animated kids-show in Australia, and developing a major animated feature for a studio.

We took the opportunity to catch up with Nick and ask him a few questions.

What have you found most surprising since being in the US?

Honestly, I am really surprised by just how friendly and helpful people can be in this industry. When you build genuine relationships and friendships with the people you meet along the way, whether they are assistants, or executives, or other writers, you have an army of people looking out for you who want to see you succeed. People paint Hollywood at this cut-throat town where no-one is genuine, but I've found the exact opposite. When you have the opportunity to help others (or just connect with them on a human level) you should do it, and they will remember that. I’ve found that if you're a good person, people will be good to you in return.

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned since signing and beginning work as a paid writer?

That your job is never done, and you've never really 'made it', no matter how successful you may be. You must constantly be hustling, looking for your next gig, working on multiple projects at once, and keeping that momentum going. Even when you're working. Sure, some people get lucky and land in a room on a long-running show and spend the next 10 years there, but for 99% of writers, they're constantly managing their career and their brand in way that an accountant, or a schoolteacher never has to worry about. So you also have to learn to really enjoy the times when everything is going right for you, because there's always uncertainty around the corner. 

What did you find the biggest adjustment and what have you found to be the biggest challenge?

Always turning out new material. You become a writer because you're full of ideas and want to put them on the page, but once you're actually busy working full-time in a writers' room on someone else's show it becomes much harder to find time to spend on your own writing. After a full day in the writers' room, you can feel creatively spent, and its hard to muster up that energy to do another few hours once you get home, or on the weekend. But it's so important to always have new samples for staffing, and projects that you can be pitching for development in order to keep the ball rolling on your career. It's easy to fall into the trap of thinking "I'm a working writer, I'll worry about my own stuff when the season is over", but you want to already have those irons in the fire so they're ready to go the second you become available again. 

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