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Gaining recognition as a writer can be a rough process. You know you’ve got what it takes now that you finally finished the third act of your screenplay about the crime-fighting frog, but who’s going to read it? Your mom gave it a once over and she thinks the dialogue is good, but you need to get it into the hands of someone capable:  someone who can make it into the movie of your dreams.

LinkedIn is certainly no place to go shopping around your next project, and Craiglist is just too desperate. With a clear need in the market for something to connect writers and the executives that can turn their work into a reality, entrepreneur Brett Lacher set out to create a network for writers to showcase their material online. Kanjy gives screenwriters and playwrights the opportunity to get their work seen by producers, directors, and agents, with profiles detailing their experience and displaying the scripts they’ve created so far.

We sat down with Lacher to discuss his soon-to-launch network for writers, along with my next feature film project Ribbit: The Revenge of Sasparilla Jones.

What is the backstory behind Kanjy?

As I looked into the industry and called a lot of my different friends who were into everything from music to fashion to writing and film producing, I noticed that there was a real need for a solution for screenwriters and playwrights. From there I connected my mentor and some investors and we decided to pursue this opportunity that eventually snowballed into Kanjy.

In what specific ways can writers benefit from using the platform?

There are a lot of different ways. The first is that we’re providing a platform for them to promote themselves in a way that they can’t today. There’s no real solution out there to allow writers, in a secure way, to showcase themselves, their experience, and their actual scripts.

The other thing we’re doing is similar to LinkedIn or Behance where we allow people to connect so that they can share, discover, collaborate and ultimately create and produce work.

 

 

What is one area of your business that’s keeping you up at night?

Our challenge is that we haven’t launched yet and we’ve gotten a lot of great feedback, but until we go live that’s going to be the true test for whether this platform is accepted. That’s one of the big thing that keeps me up is if this platform’s going to be used once we launch.

What’s your progress toward launch so far?

The site just went live and it’s going to be in a closed beta where we selectively invite people in over the next couple of days.

What advice would you give to any beginning entrepreneurs out there?

My biggest piece of advice would be to learn how to manage up and not just manage down. What I mean by that is you think when you’re starting a company that you’re mostly going to be managing people as you build it, whether it’s your development team or your marketing team or anyone else.

There’s a lot more management that goes into managing your investors and your board and everyone else to get them on the same page as your vision and to get them behind it and supporting it. That’s the biggest thing that I’ve been learning, that you’ve got to spend a lot of time managing the people above you.

What keeps you motivated throughout the prelaunch process?

What keeps me motivated is knowing so many friends who are writers. I know very well the struggle they go through today to have their work seen. Being out there and solving a real issue in today’s environment is just extremely motivating. It’s great that at the end of the day, if we do this right, I’ll be helping my friends.

What are your hopes for the launch of Kanjy?

We hope that it’s a platform that writers will see value in and that it will be helpful to them, and in turn that writers signing up and participating will make the rest of the industry participate as well.

 

 

What’s next for Kanjy?

Throughout the next couple of months we’re going to be demoing it to writers and we’re hoping this summer to launch the wider platform to the entire community.

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