…And we’re publishing it cuz let’s face it, Oscar-winning writers have a tendency to know a helluva lot more about writing than mere munchmen:
by Rachel Simon
To some people, Diablo Cody disappeared off the face of the earth sometime in 2008, right after she won an Oscar for penning Juno. Sure, they might’ve heard something about a new movie here or there, but when nothing became as big asJuno, they (wrongly) assumed Cody left Hollywood. To those who’ve paid attention, though, it’s clear that the filmmaker has been everywhere these last few years: writing, directing, producing (not to mention giving birth to two kids) and, most recently, sharing her secrets with Glamour’s Cindi Leive about building an “unconventional career path” and what lessons she has for women looking to have their own Juno-like breakthroughs. All ladies, whether filmmakers or not, should take note; these are coming from the woman who’s making a rock star movie with Meryl Streep, after all. Cody’s best pieces of advice:
#1. DON’T PICK A FAKE NAME UNTIL YOU’RE READY
The woman born as Brook Busey-Maurio changed her name early on in her career, when she was just beginning to blog and wasn’t yet a published author. She chose a “cool and intimidating” pseudonym for the purpose of Internet anonymity, but looking back, making the change so early, before she was established as a writer, “was honestly such a mistake.”
#2. IF YOU’RE NOT HAPPY WITH YOUR LIFE, CHANGE IT
Cody knew she wanted to be a writer since she was a child, but when she graduated from college, she found herself working at an ad agency. And despite the “safety net” of her job and the feeling that it was what she was supposed to be doing, she decided to take a leap.
“I wanted to do something totally different and unexpected and scary,” she said. So she wrote.
#3. SAY YES