bekah brunstetter
Bekah Brunstetter I care deeply. About a lot of things. Like really, really deep. Ow
playwright in brooklyn, NY

skirtchalance

June 30th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

Some of the actors came into the writer’s room today to hear their storylines for the season, which has absolutely NOTHING to do with the fact that I chose to wear this fun skirt that makes me feel like I might be allowed to sit at the same table with famous people.

I would never try to be perceived as more elegant or put together than I actually am.  I am FAR too busy and engaged in my own work to actually wonder things like ‘if I wear this skirt will the famous people notice?’ or ‘why, no matter how much of my money I give to Nordstrom, do I still look like a very tall baby?’ or ‘why is there cabbage in my hair?’ FAR TOO BUSY TO EVEN CARE.

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WEEEEEEEEE!

June 24th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

As a TV writer, I manipulate the universe, and the plot that happens inside of said universe, so that a character finds themselves trapped in a day in which the dance competition and also prom and also Mom’s surgery are all on the SAME. NIGHT. It’s usually a bit forced but we all just suspend our disbelief and pretend that that’s how life happens. WELL THIS WEEKEND, IN MY ACTUAL LIFE, my parents are here, my play is in tech, I’m writing an episode, and we put an offer on a House. WATCH ME DO IT ALL! IT’S GOING TO BE HILARIOUS / DROPS PLATE / CRIES

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(re)watching

June 21st, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

Off of the suggestion of a co-worker, I’ve been rewatching the Wonder Years, and by rewatching, I think I mean watching for the first time, as I really don’t think I ever watched it the first time around. We weren’t a big TV  family, so I feel like there’s a bunch of stuff from the 80s / 90s that I missed. Its characters are familiar like people I went to middle school with but I’m pretty sure I never actually hung out with them. But they are my NEW FAVORITE PEOPLE. They’re all trying so hard just to live and relate to each other, they’re all a little right and a little wrong, there’s always a little sadness, a little longing, and always a hope at the end, and meanwhile, it is all so very subtle, and even a little bit weird. Has there ever been better TV other than of course M*A*S*H and also Little House on the Prairie the Nellie Years and also Lois and Clark staring Dean Cain and Terri Hatcher and also seasons 1-3 of Touched by an Angel and the other things the Brunstetters randomly DID watch together as a family?  I THINK NOT. BUT I REALLY WOULDN’T KNOW AS THAT’S BASICALLY ALL OF THE TV I’VE EVER SEEN.

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I would like to not thank the Academy

June 10th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

Fox graciously and generously got all of the This is Us writers memberships with the Television Academy, which at first makes one feel quite lucky and fancy, but then, THE BOXES START TO COME.

As a TV academy member / Emmy voter, basically every single show and every single network sends you a highly flammable box containing DVDs of their shows, ALL OF WHICH ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE, and yet, they still send the boxes.  Clearly so much thought and care has gone into the design and presentation of them, and it all just makes you so sad for the people who put so much time and energy into the making of them because you have no time to even open them or watch them because you are too busy making other TVs, and it all just feels so very wasteful and looking at the stacks of them makes you question not only your own time management, but also the entire world, the people in it, and the peoples’ relationships to the that world’s resources. WHAT ARE THINGS? WHAT IS TIME?

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MUSIC TEARS

June 9th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

DO YOU LIKE TO CRY,  BUT OUT OF YOUR EARS? This is Us now has a Spotify playlist that you can follow!

It features songs from the episodes:  some covers, some old faithfuls, some originals written just for the show, basically just anything that tickles the part of your soul that knows that you’re human and so is everyone and family is sacred and life is fragile and time is fleeting  and basically just RIPS TEARS FROM THAT PART.

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not this, but

June 8th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

One of the most valuable things I’ve learned about writing from the process of writing for TV is the concept of ‘not this, but.’ It allows a writer to say ‘here is the terrible version of my idea,’ and then present something obvious and bald and not great, but chances are, there’s something there that can be finessed into something more elegant. If you slave over the perfect version before you even present the idea, you will not only drive yourself insane but also probably slowly grow ulcers if not brain tumors and / or resentment for the creative process over time. But if you can be brave enough to present the inelegant version of the idea, with the neurotic disclaimer that it’s SO VERY BAD, chances are you will stumble your way towards something brilliant, if not palatable, if not mediocrity’s slightly taller, more attractive cousin.

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assistance

June 5th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

I’m thrilled to announce that a very lovely college student who I met at the Ojai Playwright’s Conference is going to be my assistant for the Summer. I think it’ll be an interesting experiment in delegation and letting go. I’ve never had an assistant, so in an effort to understand how this lovely person might be of assistance to me, how I might use her in a way that is rewarding to the both of us, I’ve started a list of tasks.

- organize file cabinet

- figure out why my computer no longer knows that it has a USB port

- find articles and books for me to adapt

- help me get this piece of lettuce out of my teeth

- take my hands to get a manicure

- nurture my drifting friendships

- figure out why my eyes are rejecting my contact lenses

- determine to what extent climate change can be slowed by our behavior

- be my hands

- be my eyes

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the wee Pearsons

May 8th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

Yes, the grown up actors on This is Us are lovely people, etc etc etc, but let us not forget the wee actors, too, who are all weird and charming and wonderful in their own way. Take Lonnie, who plays little Randall. My first day with him on set he decided to tell everyone it was his birthday just for his own amusement. Last night, the show won the Best Tearjerker  at the MTV Awards, and Lonnie accepted with Milo. He started his acceptance speech by saying  ’I can’t keep pretending like this isn’t heavy.’ He then handed the giant popcorn statue to Milo to hold instead. CLASSIC PEARSON MOVE (whatever that is; I think that’s a thing. Honest; charming.)

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layers of Irony

May 2nd, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

While I’m an upstanding member of the Writer’s Guild, I can’t say for sure whether or not I actually know the definition of irony, but LET’S TRY and also WHO DOES?  For the past few months, especially weeks, there’s been a tonnage of anxiety about whether or not there would be a WGA strike come May 1st. In the weeks leading up to the potential strike, I found that I actually had no brain or emotional space to worry, as I was too busy re-writing a movie based on The Secret. I gave pretty much NONE mental energy to the strike, and in fact, I convinced myself it wouldn’t happen. CUT TO 1 AM LAST NIGHT, when the WGA negotiators reached a tentative agreement with the Producers. No Strike. DID I JUST IN FACT USE THE SECRET TO AVOID A POTENTIAL WRITER’S STRIKE WHILE WRITING THE SECRET?

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I’M COMIN HOME

April 25th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

My Mom got Morrison and I a subscription to Our State, North Carolina’s official magazine, which is her very subtle way of shouting at us to move there. It’s full of pictures and articles about all of the awesome things happening there, or as Morrison lovingly calls it, ‘Propaganda.’   While it is inconceivable, really, for us to do our work in NC, it’s still fun to fantasize about, which is, of course, what it is:  a fantasy. People who actually live in NC go about their lives with work and stress and do not spend all of their time in whimsical sandwich shops or making three bean salads or exploring caves. But still, the magazine is very effective. I know I was just there a week ago, but how soon is too soon for another casual trip home perhaps for a CHEERWINE FESTIVAL?

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