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Hollywood Gatekeepers

37 EpisodesProduced by Carolyn Carpenter, Doug ShanerWebsite

Hollywood Gatekeepers trains expert readers for the film industry! What does it take to become a reader? What makes a good script great? How does a script get to the screen? Nowadays, working from home and working in Hollywood are one and the same! Let's talk about it!

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February 22nd, 2024


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35. Clubhouse Replay What is a Reader

June 13th, 2022


Do you write screenplays? Do you want to get your script to the screen? What happens to your screenplay once it gets into the hands of a producer that can make your dream a reality?

It goes into the hands of a reader! …

34 Bouncing Forward

December 31st, 2021


We are back after a hiatus! Explore how bouncing forward is the way to go! 

And dive into all of our new, free trainings at:

How to Be Criticized

May 29th, 2020


Criticism. Ug. Let’s talk about it.  Yes. Today let’s thicken our skin and take a deep dive into How To Be Criticized.


Friction Free Focus

May 22nd, 2020


Are you stuck? Are you playing the role you were meant to play in this life? What is preventing you from getting what you want? Let’s take a look at …

Interview with Sage Kosiorek, Austin Film Festival

May 16th, 2020


A glimpse behind the scenes of the Screenreaders Insider Track and our interview with Sage Kosiorek, the Director of Scripts competitions for the Austin Film Festival as he shares information about the writing …


May 12th, 2020


At Hollywood Gatekeepers, we train people to become expert readers that serve as champions for writers and a support system for producers. In this …


April 17th, 2020


Better. The return of Filmmaker Shaun Rylee with Producer/Actors Dylan Stretchbery and Paul Michael Bair

Check out these movers and shakers as they …

The Model: For Life & Screenplays

April 7th, 2020




Carolyn J Carpenter, Douglas Shaner

Hollywood Gatekeepers

At Hollywood Gatekeepers, …

Taking a Leap

March 8th, 2020


Join us as we dive into Leap Year! Let's talk about characters who leap, and why we love them so much.

While we're at it, let's consider how we might leap into our own lives! Leap into life by experiencing our two 2020 …

Systems and Cents

February 22nd, 2020


In preparation for our Mastering Your Money free MasterClass, let's dive in and talks about Systems & Cents!

EPISODE 26 - Systems and Cents!

Join us as we take the next step in our 2020 Vision Planning by preparing …

New Year New Year

January 20th, 2020


Join us as we celebrate the New Year by diving into to explore the new you in you. You will learn that you have two secret weapons that can guide you into creating whatever you desire for the coming year! Exciting! To …

Tackling Your B.S.

December 28th, 2019


A new DECADE is right around the corner!

Join us as we create the best New Year ever!

Building on the "Designing the Decade of Your Dreams" episode (No. 18), and Episode "2020 Vision" episode (No. 23), today we dive …

2020 VIsion

December 22nd, 2019


A new DECADE is right around the corner! 

Join us as we create the best New Year ever! 

Building on the "Designing the Decade of Your Dreams" episode (No. 18), we explore your 2020 Vision.  

Next week we will dive into …

Interview with Filmmakers Monica Lawson & Mary-Lyn Chambers

December 16th, 2019


Join us behind the Scenes with filmmakers, Monica Lawson and Mary-Lyn Chambers as they discuss their film, PLURAL OF BLOOD. They also discuss …

Interview with Filmmakers Shaun Rylee and Juliana Angelina

December 7th, 2019


Join us behind the Scenes with filmmaker, Shaun Rylee & Producer, Juliana Angelina as they discuss their upcoming film, BETTER. They also share …

Lessons From a Turkey

November 27th, 2019


What happens when a script is...well...a turkey. In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, let's dive in for a full course lesson... from a turkey.

Find …

Interview with Producer Jessica Mathews

November 22nd, 2019


In today’s episode, prolific producer, Jessica Mathews tells us about her upcoming film, UNDER. You won’t want to miss this episode as we also …

Designing The Decade of Your Dreams

November 16th, 2019


2020 is right around the corner. It's not only a new year but a new decade! Join us as we give you tools to design the decade of your dreams!

Hollywood Screenreaders @ the Austin Film Festival

November 9th, 2019


Meet four Hollywood Screenreaders as they share their adventures during their recent trip to the Austin Film Festival!

Meet four Hollywood …

The Elements of Horror

November 1st, 2019


What makes a good horror film? Let's dive into the sub-genres of horror films by exploring the elements that drive the genre, the place that horror …

The Power of Coaching with Rick Mulready

October 26th, 2019


See why coaching is the secret sauce to taking things to the next level. Join us behind the scenes with our coach, online expert Rick Mulready as he …

When Good People Write Bad Screenplays

October 19th, 2019


As readers, we pride ourselves on writing coverage that doesn't disparage writers. We love writers and want to give them the best shot possible. Sometimes, that can cause a lot of anxiety when a screenplay has problems. …

Writing Mindset

October 12th, 2019


95% of success happens above the shoulders. Getting a hold of our mindset as readers, helping writers with their mindset and being aware of the …

Interview with Producer, Jay Holben

October 4th, 2019


Today, we dive into the world of a producer with an incredible interview with Mr. Jay Holben. Jay discusses his career as a producer and director. He …

Why Do Producers Need Readers

September 27th, 2019


When you are a reader, you often work with producers. We talk a lot about the fact that readers should be providing a support system for producers. …

Lessons with Alvaro Berrios

September 21st, 2019


Every tenth episode, we plan to share lessons that we have recently learned. To celebrate our tenth episode, our special guest is Mr. Alvaro Berrios and he is a Facebook expert. Join us to see how understanding Facebook …

"I Want to Quit My Day Job"

September 14th, 2019


Do you want to quit your job to be a full-time artist? Are you frustrated with your current position? Today, we cover how to go about getting rid of …

"What if I Hate Everything?"

September 6th, 2019


At Hollywood Gatekeepers, we ask our audience to give us their questions. Today, we will dive in to answer one of our favorite questions, "What if I …

Vision Boards for Writers

August 31st, 2019


What does it take to write a screenplay? Vision. How can you cultivate vision? Today, we will share a tool that can really help you during the dark …

Tackling Obstacles & Overwhelm

August 24th, 2019


Today, we are speaking about readers as entrepreneurs. We believe artists are entrepreneurs. It is show BUSINESS, after all. Consequentially, we want to provide as many resources as possible to help readers thrive as …

The Importance of Supporting Producers

August 17th, 2019


At Hollywood Gatekeepers, we talk about the reading process by breaking it down into three categories.

Readers are: 1. Champions for Writers; 2. A …

Interview with Oscar winner J.K. Simmons, Filmmaker Michelle Schumacher and D.P. Pete Villani after a screening of I'M NOT HERE.

August 9th, 2019


At Hollywood Gatekeepers we talk about the reading process by breaking it down into three categories. Readers are: 1. Champions for Writers; 2. A …

Readers are Champions for Writers

August 9th, 2019


At Hollywood Gatekeepers we talk about the reading process by breaking it down into three categories.

Readers are: 1. Champions for Writers; 2. A …

Interview with Oscar winner Paul Haggis

August 1st, 2019


Join us as we interview the only writer to win back to back Oscars for CRASH and MILLION DOLLAR BABY!  

Today we have a special treat as Carolyn …

What is a Reader?

August 1st, 2019


Now that we've introduced ourselves, we want to dive into the job of a reader. Today, we will cover the day in the life of a reader as we tackle a reader's main focus: coverage. What is coverage? Coverage is a reader's …

000 Welcome to Hollywood Gatekeepers

August 1st, 2019




Welcome to the Hollywood Gatekeepers podcast! Start here to learn how we will be talking about readers in the film industry!

We are very excited …

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