On August 12th, Underground Management’s Literary Manager Josh McGuire joined New York Film Academy Los Angeles‘ Business of Screenwriting class, dispensing pearls of wisdom for NYFA’s next generation of emerging screenwriters from his invaluable representational perspective.
On how he ended up in Los Angeles — McGuire explained he followed his gut. He was studying to be a lawyer, but he dreaded the work and had a crisis of what he should do. “The only thing I ever really loved were movies and TV shows”, McGuire explained, “I grew up on the classics — Goonies, Jaws, Indiana Jones. I wanted to be a part of that world.” With no connections in Hollywood, McGuire decided to quit law. He left the east coast and moved to Los Angeles.
Reading the back pages of the Hollywood Reporter, McGuire founded a job opening for a location manager for an independent movie. He talked his way into the position and thus began his entertainment career. However, he quickly learned the stress of being in on-set production wasn’t for him either – “it almost gave me an ulcer.” But it was at a party where he met his later business collaborator, Trevor Engleson, that he became intrigued by literary management.