Over the last several months I have been writing for a website and just crossed 100 articles.
While the site itself focuses on the latest news in movies and tv, the owner tends to speak about not wanting politics in entertainment on the YouTube channel for the site, much to the chagrin of various people on twitter.
Thankfully, the owner allows the writers to write about whatever they want. This is a large part of the reason I love writing there because it’s been very difficult to find an outlet that will allow me to talk about movies without compromising my voice to fit a site’s brand.
I’ve made a point of completely staying out of politics in my articles and only focusing on things I love,(a lot of which the owner doesn’t care for) like Scooby-Doo and Jason Momoa’s movies. My question is will agents dismiss my portfolio outright due to the owner’s views despite the fact that my portfolio does not discuss politics?
How on earth would anyone know the owner's views?
And why would anyone care about his views when it's YOUR work we're considering. This would be like asking the Duchess of Yowl her view on dogs when I'm querying a book about wolves.
I'm interested in three things:
1. Can you write your way out of a paper back with savoir faire and style?
2. How many eyeballs are on that website (ie does it mean you have a following)
3. Are you an asshat. Disparate politics does not an asshat make. Telling me I'm a loathsome shark who should be eaten for lunch in the soup course because I'm (still) a registered Republican IS.
Writing well is the first and highest hurdle.