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Meet Timothy Allen Smith of Twenty/20 Productions in Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Timothy Allen Smith.

Timothy, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I got my start when I was working as an engineering consultant and a friend of mine was producing a show in Oklahoma. The writer they were working with quit at the last minute and they were in a bind, so he asked me if I would try writing something for them. Mind you, I hadn’t written anything creatively since high school. But he was really desperate so I said I’d give it a try. Turns out they liked what I wrote and I’ve been writing for his company ever since. To-date I’ve written over 70 shows.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
There is no such thing as a smooth road in this business. The biggest obstacle for me was having no idea how the business worked in the beginning. I didn’t even know what a residual was so I actually would send the checks back to the producers because I thought they were mistakes. Additionally, I came from a corporate background so I was completely unprepared for the unpredictability of entertainment as a business. Until Love Jones, the shows I was writing were moderate commercial successes regionally. But that regional success did not give me the ability to grow my audience into the areas of the country where I resided, so anything I tried to do locally was pretty much a complete flop. It was a long struggle to learn how to leverage regional name recognition into something that would help me sell a ticket to a show in LA or Philadelphia.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a writer, primarily a playwright but I have also written a few successful novels along the way. Combined, my shows have grossed more than fifty million dollars over the course of my career but what I am most proud of is the fact that I have a catalog of over seventy shows, which puts me at the top of the pile in terms of productivity.

What were you like growing up?
I am from the Philadelphia area and, by any measure, was a normal/average kid growing up. I dabbled in all sports but excelled in baseball. The one thing that stands out, looking back, is that I was always an effective storyteller. As much as I might have hated the tedious nature of English classes, I remember always having an affinity for creative writing. I never recognized it as anything to pursue but looking back my childhood definitely had some clues as to where I would end up.

Contact Info:

  • Website: www.TimothyAllenSmith.com
  • Email: 2020productions@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @TimothyAllenSmith
  • Facebook: @TimothyAllenSmith

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