Ep 32: Chief Al Gore Speechwriter turned Screenwriter, Eli Attie

"When you're open, about your own life, that's sometimes when the best things happen."

Not many people can boast about working in the real White House and the fictitious one on Aaron Sorkin's The West Wing, but Eli's journey to both was unplanned.  It was the result of a big, fat "No" in the form of possibly the most disputed Presidential campaign in the history of our country that led Eli out to the west coast to do something he had never really fathomed:  write for TV and Film.  A consummate gentleman and one of the brighter people I know, Eli has over-achieved in everything he's ever done, without realizing it, by working hard and seeing "No"s as a mere bend in the road.  Our conversation includes...  
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What it was like to be NYC Mayor Dinkins' speechwriter at 25.

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Why Eli put Law School off forever.

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Inside stories on some of the inner workings of Washington.

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How to collaborate on speeches with politicians like Al Gore.

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How getting in touch with Aaron Sorkin isn't that difficult if you just finished working for the guy who was a few hanging chads away from being the leader of the free world.

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The motivation for writing and the difference between writing for others and creating your own content.

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Being led less by your head and more by your heart and soul to find your true voice.

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Matthew Del Negro