Tracy Held

Writer for Stage & Screen

Joining the 2023 VentureBridge Startup Incubator

VentureBridge 2023 Founder Cohort

My business partner Megan Morrison and I are very excited to announce that our conservation-driven film production company Erosion has been accepted into the VentureBridge startup investment incubator!

This program offers an initial investment, networking with other business founders and potential investors, and programming and other resources to support our development as entrepreneurs. We’re honored to be selected for this year’s cohort.

2023 Hollywood Climate Summit

Last year, I got to participate in the Hollywood Climate Summit as a screenwriter promoting my feature Science Fair the Musical with the Climate Pitch Fest. This is a great group of people doing critical work to direct storytelling in media to highlight the most urgent challenge of our times. All of the programming will be live-streamed and some will be in person as well. A lot of screenwriting events are Thursday morning, and there will be Earth Sessions with workshops and activities engaging art, activism, and more. The movement to tell #climatestories is getting more urgent and this is a fun way to get involved.

WGA Strike

In honor of AAPI Heritage Month, a number of groups coordinated picketing meet-ups to support the WGA Writers Strike. The strike is supporting by all film industry unions as a way of pushing back against the increased exploitation of writers and other creatives and crew. As Vice-Chair of the WGA West Asian American Writers Committee, I’m honored to be collaborating with so many advocates for writers.

South Asian Writers Committee at Disney, Friday, May 19th.
Asian American Writers Brunch on the Culver Steps, Thursday May 18th.
WGA West Asian American Writers Committee at Paramount, Wednesday, May 17th.
WGA West Asian American Writers Committee at Disney, Tuesday, May 16th. Photo by Rosy Cordero/Deadline.

AAWC Vice-Chair Appointment

I’m excited to announce that I’ve been elected to serve as the Vice-Chair of the Writers Guild of American West Asian American Writers Committee! As a multi-racial Chinese/Eastern European American writer, I’ve been extremely active in this committee since joining the Guild. The AAWC represents the professional and creative interests of Asian American writers in Hollywood. Asian American screenwriters are making great strides, but we still only make up 4.3% of screenwriters compared to 5.7% Asian Americans who live in the United States. It’s an honor to pursue this work with our new Chair, Kristina Woo.

Winner of AAPI Writing Fellowship

Writers Boot Camp AAPI Fellowship winners: Tracy Held, Helen Huang, and Alison Minami.

We’re already a third of the way into the Writers Boot Camp where I’m drafting a new TV pilot on spec with the working title, “The Gold West.” By September, I will have a second revision of this one-hour pilot and will be excited to start shopping it around town. The fellowships provide a fast-paced series of courses and exercises to quickly but thoroughly bound through initial drafts of new written material, and I’m already falling in love with my characters and their unfortunate conflicts.

I’m especially delighted to be embarking on this adventure with friend and collaborator Alison Minami.

Semi-Finalist for Mu Tang Clan

Vertical headshots of inaugural Mu Tang Clan playwrights.

I am honored to be listed as a semi-finalist for the inaugural Mu Tang Clan playwrights incubator. Theater Mu is doing a lot for Asian American playwrights across the country and I could tell this was an extremely competitive process. Congratulations to Marlina Gonzalez (Minneapolis, MN), Keiko Green (La Jolla, CA), Kathy Haddad (Minneapolis, MN), Alex Lin (Saddle River, NJ), and Susan Xu (San Francisco, CA) for making it into the program!

Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative (LAFPI)

Periodically, I get to participate in fun networking events through Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative (LAFPI). Recently, I got to share a short piece called, “What We Owe,” and directed another piece, “Being Richard Green,” by Lynne Jassem.

Screenshot of all of the participants at LAFPI’s recent Micro-Plays event.
Screenshot of Zoom performance of “Being Richard Green” by Lynne Jassem.
Screenshot of performers from “What We Owe” by Tracy Held.

Best Story I Never Told

Screenshot of the audio link to the podcast “Best Story I Never Told.”

Had a great time hanging out with David Ngo for his podcast Best Story I Never Told where I shared the 7 Weirdest Things People Accused Me of Lying About (plus one thing I actually DID lie about!). Check out this podcast your favorite platform.

WGAW Statement for #StopAsianHate

As a member of the Writers Guild of America West Asian American Writers Committee, it was an honor to collaborate in the writing of our official statement about anti-Asian sentiment and what we can do in the film industry to make things better. Anti-Asian and anti-immigrant narratives are not new, but they proliferate with the support of negative and stereotypical depictions of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. This statement was featured in Deadline and Variety.

In addition to providing creative representation by being a Chinese American writer telling stories, I also incorporate Chinese history and inclusive characters and worlds in the stories I tell. My play “Intertwined” portrays a fictional story of a Chinese immigrant who falls in love with a white woman during a time when a union like that is illegal. In California, anti-miscegenation laws were active until 1948, when it was the first state in the union to end them.

I am also working on a film documentary featuring an important Chinese American entrepreneur and an action comedy TV pilot centered around a fictional Chinese American family in San Francisco.

Despite the rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans, there are many ways to promote this community, including shopping at Asian American businesses, reading literature written by members of these communities, and choosing to watch stories written by and portrayed by Asian American artists. And, of course, every underrepresented community benefits from the same efforts.

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