The Horror of Pitching

I’m pitching on Monday at the Stellar Networking “Pitch Up” pitching event at Channel 4 before a panel of big cheeses in factual entertainment.


I thought I haven’t pitched for a while and I’ve got tons of ideas for game shows and reality shows, so I thought it was worth a shot.

I wrote a pitch of 100 words in about ten minutes and then sent it in and forgot all about it.


It was only when I was accepted as one of the twenty people to pitch that my mouth went dry and the “pitch terror” began.


Don’t get me wrong. I love the idea that I’m pitching.


It’s not like I’ve never pitched before. I’ve pitched to big-wigs at Cannes and to Hollywood exes in LA.


I can pitch one-on-one with the best of them. With a few people sitting in a board-room situation, I can whip them up to a frenzy of excitement (well, I think I can). I can stand in front of a large crowd of cast and crew on a film-set and not even think twice about it.


However, my achilles heel is public speaking to a crowd. I hate it. I hit a brick wall of fear. I wave my arms around nervously, I develop a stutter and can’t get the words out, but then when I break through the stutter it all comes out in a rush and I speak so ridiculously quickly that I forget to put in any punctuation so no-one has a clue what I’m saying. Horrific.


So will it be my worst nightmare? We’ll find out soon enough…

How I feel about pitching to an audience

How I feel about pitching to an audience





~ by female film maker on October 25, 2008.

One Response to “The Horror of Pitching”

  1. I survived the dreaded pitching event! In fact, I got a real buzz from pitching and received some great feedback. Roll on the next pitch competition!

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