DAYS I HAVEN’T MET CHARLIE BROOKER

The Perks of Having a Paycheck

The Outside World

- Honest Date -

Day 121

18. INT. DAY. BAR

I’m on a first date with a girl I met online. As we usually do on those situations, I’m trying to make myself more interesting than who I really am…meaning, I lied. A lot.

GIRL

So, how long you’ve been here? In the UK?

ME

Almost 6 months now. Actually, I believe it’s been 6 months.

GIRL

You’re still really green. But you already found work for television? That’s really impressive.

ME

Yeah, well, it wasn’t as hard, to be franc [lie]. I mean, I came here without any contacts [actually, true], but it’s the second time I’m doing this in my life[true, again]. Meaning, I might not have the same energy I did when I started back in Brazil, but I do know a few short-cuts [lie]. Like, who to bother, how to do it and that kinda stuff [I’m a freelancer buying soft toilet paper for the first time in this country. That’s a huge lie]

GIRL

Still, I know how tough the TV business is. So what do you do? Your profile said you’re a scriptwriter?

ME

Yes. Well, yes and no [somehow, true]. I mean, I still freelance for my country, writing for the main American broadcasters we have there, like Discovery, Fox and that kind of stuff [this is what I did, but I haven’t done it in a while. Thing is, my job back home was a lot more interesting than the ones I’m getting here…blablabla, yeah, lie]. But here I’m still doing a lot of work on location [true], like assistant producer, assistant camera and assistant whatever [not true. I don’t do camera, but EVERYONE loves photographers, so fuck me, right?]. It’s something I truly hate [that’s SO TRUE], but you have to start somewhere, to network, get people’s attention and that kind of stuff [fuck me, that’s true]. I’m starting to get a few writing jobs here as well, like a little thing I did for Coke [that’s partially true. I did get that job, but that was it. Haven’t gotten another proper writing gig here], but they’re mostly advertising related jobs. I mean, I don’t mind it for now, but that’s not what I truly want to write. That’s not why I came here [Yep, that’s true].

GIRL

So what do you want to do? I mean, what actually brought you here?

ME

I want to write good television. That’s it. I mean, I’m not ashamed of what I did back home, I’m even proud of some of the stuff I did, but I know I can do more. I think TV became a great way to tell a proper story. I mean, you can actually sink deep into your characters and you can actually write about real stuff that’s truly relevant. Take something like “The Wire” or “Transparent”, I want to write stuff like that. But mostly, because that’s a format I understand. That’s something I know I’m capable of doing, you know? I came here for this, to actually give it a go on telling real stories, dramas, comedies, I don’t care. I just want to write about people [You can judge me all you want, but that was actually true].

GIRL

That’s really nice. I think I understand what you mean. Well, I hope you actually make it. But you seem determined enough, you’ll get there.

ME

Oh, trust me, I know I will [Do I?]. I don’t mean to sound cocky or an ass or anything like that, but I truly believe I’ll make it, otherwise I wouldn’t have come here [I repeat that so many times, I actually consider it true now. Guess that’s good…?]. But it’s like you’ve said, I’ve only been here for 6 months, so I feel I accomplished a lot already [My God, I’m such a bull-shiter]. Things will come, eventually. I just got to keep on going [I’m almost cheering against myself, if that makes any sense].

GIRL

That’s it! They will.

ME

Yeah! So anyway, enough about me. I feel like I’ve been talking forever here, what about you, girl? [that’s a HUGE lie. I LOVE talking about myself]

Day 121, Charlie. It was a nice date, I think I’m seeing her again [lie].

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