Forget Hollywood, YouTube, webinars and even traditional keynote speech by a brandname.
The future for us scriptwriters could be in creating the perfect (according to metrics provided by the educational institution) scripting for online video for MOOC courses. "MOOC" means "Mass Open Online Courses." Right now they're free but, given that this is capitalism, soon enough there will be a paywall.
This week I interviewed by phone to be one of those scriptwriters. The institution was an Ivy. The person grilling me was a designer. Therefore, I have a hunch that this medium, just like a growing number of mediums currently, is designer-driven.
I was given only a half hour to pitch. Some questions were repetitive, such as how long have I been writing scripts. That gave me the impression that the culture at MOOC was frantic, just as at startups.
I haven't been called back for a second interview, at least not yet. What I might have done wrong was talk too much. The cause of that, of course, is anxiety. Yes, I was as frantic as the interviewer. Folk wisdom has it, two kinds of people cannot inhabit the same space simultaneously. The designer might have preferred a more zen-like creative. Next time, I know.