From ‘Little Prince’ through ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ writer-director Jaden Smith has been an actor, a TV personality, and a writer who is still getting his feet wet.
Smith has become a copywriter himself after years of doing freelance work for a variety of clients, but his biggest break came when he landed a role on ‘Dances with Wolves.’
Now, Smith has written a script for the BBC series, but he’s also got a few other projects in the works as well.
Here are some things Smith has learned from working with the likes of David Cronenberg, Tim Burton, and David O. Russell, who inspired his work in the first place.
Write for yourself.
Smith said that he started his career as a copy writer for a different company in London and he was still learning his craft as a writer.
“I had to write for myself,” he told me.
“It was kind of a crazy job, but I learned a lot from it.”
His first book, The Little Prince, was a bestseller and earned Smith a place at the top of the UK literary world.
He went on to write a second book, which he said he considered a personal failure.
Smith went on the run for a year after The Little Princess hit the shelves and he’s been working on his third book, Dirty Jobs, since then.
Smith told me that the experience has taught him a lot about writing.
He said, “When you have something you know is a failure, you can start to make things better.”
Write what you want to write.
Smith found his writing style very difficult because he didn’t want to do something that he didn.
But now that he has a better handle on writing, he said, he is able to be creative with the script and can even write the scenes that he wants to see.
He also believes that writing is an essential skill to have.
“Writing is one of those skills that you have to develop,” he said.
“That is something you need to do all your life.”
Smith said his writing process has changed dramatically over the past few years.
“There are now so many writers who are working on scripts now,” he explained.
“When I first started writing, I had a very different way of writing.”
He said that, even though he had an amazing script, he didn´t know how to structure it because he had no idea how to write dialogue.
Now, he writes the dialogue, but the scene that he creates will also be an idea that he is writing.
Smith explained that he’s now able to put together scenes and scenes in his head that he writes down and then writes it down again and then the scene is born.
“Then I put the script together,” he added.
Make it as real as possible.
Smith is known for his ability to make people laugh, but that isn’t always the case.
In fact, he once told me he hated when people make jokes about him.
“For me, there is something about a good joke that gets you laughing and getting a chuckle,” he once said.
Smith added that he finds it hard to laugh at someone that he can’t see in real life.
He added that one of the biggest lessons he’s learned is to write your own jokes.
“Don’t be a copy-writer,” he advised.
“Just write jokes for yourself.”
Learn how to be honest with yourself.
For Smith, writing is all about letting your thoughts flow freely.
He has found that writing has helped him grow as a person and a personable writer, as well as a great storyteller.
“People need to know who I am,” he noted.
“And I think the best way to make that happen is to let my thoughts come to you.”
He explained that the best advice he has gotten for his writing career has come from one of his former colleagues, Russell.
“Russell gave me advice that I took to heart,” he recalled.
“He told me to let things flow.
That you can’t control the way your mind works and that if you let things come to your mind, you will become what you are.”
Write to your heart.
Smith often finds himself thinking about his scripts while he’s writing.
“Sometimes I’ll be like, ‘You know what, I’m writing this script and it’s so stupid, but this is how I feel,'” he said with a laugh.
“If you want something to happen, write to it.”
Don’t make things up.
Smith does say that he does make up scenes for his characters, but it’s not the way he feels.
“The best way is to make the story true,” he shared.
“You can’t write the story, you have an idea of how it should be.”
He added, “If a story is a lie, you’ve got to stop and say, ‘