Nikhil Lakhani

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  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom

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About me

 

Here's a little bit about me. My name is Nikhil, I'm currently based in London and I've been writing for as long as I can remember, mostly poetry, short stories, and attempted novels in the Spiritual Fantasy genre. I just never thought of writing as a career before, and ventured down the "well-worn" path instead. In spite of this, I was lucky enough to get one of my first novels published in 2011 by a small US-based house, which eventually closed down (not so encouraging). Two years ago I decided to drop out of a Masters at the London School of Economics and have a serious go at writing to see if I could make a living off it. It was and still is the scariest thing ever! But I love to write and that is what keeps me going. I have been freelancing as a ghostwriter (with ups and downs) and it was during a gig that I was acquainted with screenwriting, when an Arizona-based production company asked me to write a short-film script for the short film "To Play with God." I didn't know anything about how to write a screenplay, but I learned by doing and I absolutely fell in love with it. I am now finishing a Screenwriting Course with the New York Film Academy (Online) and I feel more confident with the craft. Currently, I am looking for opportunities: competitions, fellowships, jobs, anything that can get me closer to professional screenwriting (and not dying on a sidewalk with a pen in my hand!). I am currently working on a few personal scripts "on spec," but I am really trying to find a stable job as well and I would love it if it could be something in the industry that will help me to learn (whatever it takes).

Skills

 

  • Film
  • Writing
  • Copywriting
  • Screenwriting
  • Social Media
  • Sports Writing
  • Post Production Assistant

Work history

Currently

Author

Sirriah Verlag Publishing House

Dec 2014
  • Genre: Spiritual Fiction. Self-discovery. Transcendence. Due for publication in 2016.

Currently

Screenwriter

Freelance

Mar 2016
  • Screenplay based on the book Do Nothing! The Memoirs of Frans Merkx, aka FX

Currently

Meditation Script Writer

Meditation Masters

Apr 2016
  • All length guided meditation scripts for world renowned YouTuber Jason Stephenson

2016

Post Production Intern

Create Advertising

Mar 2016 - Apr 2016
  • Post-production assistance. Roles included: TV Spot/Trailer Scripting, Clearcast, Entertainment Copywriting, Stock footage/image procurement for Graphics, ad hoc production and runner activities.

2016

Co-author for Do Nothing & The Memoirs of Frans Merkx

Freelance

Jan 2015 - Mar 2016
  • toryline: Against the odds. Rags to riches. Fight against the system. Published by Austin Macauley (2016)

2015

Ghostwriter of Novel "precious Gift

Freelance

Dec 2014 - Jun 2015
  • Storyline: An alcoholic on his way to recovery. She's his last hope. Ready for publication.

2015

Screenwriter

Freelance

Mar 2015 - Mar 2015
  • Genre: Futuristic. Social-media dependent. Sci-Fi. Published in Ezine.

2015

Creative Writing Advice

Creative Doorway

Jan 2015 - Feb 2015
  • Short film entitled To Play With God. Genre: Spiritual. Adventure.

2014

Ebook Writer

Freelance

Aug 2014 - Dec 2014
  • Preparation. How-to Project. Experiences. Published online.

2013

Founder & Chairman

The New Development Generation Kenya/ The United Lions Football Club

May 2012 - Aug 2013
  • • Program administrative and financial management. • Public Relations and Communications. Spokesperson. • Event planning and management. Community Organisation.

2013

Political Assistant

Peter Kenneth Presidential Campaign Committee

May 2012 - Mar 2013
  • • Technical and personal assistance in the development of political strategy to approach the Youth. • Research and Data Analysis. Public Relations and Communications. Networking. Mass mobilization. • Event planning, coordination of meetings, galas and conferences at national level. • Travel arrangements, reporting, minute taking, correspondence and social media management.

2011

Author

9ine Inc

Nov 2010 - Jan 2011
  • Genre: Cross-Cultural Satire. Published October 2011. Over 5000 copies sold. #23 in Comedy Fiction (Amazon) in 2012.

2008

Program Assistant

Uniserv Education

May 2008 - Aug 2008
  • • Administrative and financial assistance to the Career’s Guidance Department. • Client relations management. • Researching university profiles, potential career paths and degrees. • Organisation of academic conferences, presentations at University fairs and exhibitions. • Assistance to the Marketing Department to develop strategy in widening client base.

Education

2016

Screenwriting

New York Film Academy

Sep 2015 - May 2016
  • Online Screenwriting Course

2014

Public Administration

The London School of Economics and Political Science

Aug 2013 - May 2014
  • Year 1 Successfully Completed

2012

Politics and International Relations with French

University of Kent

Aug 2008 - May 2012
  • Upper Second Class Honours

Awards

2015

Lohana International Mahaparisad Award for Contribution to the Arts

  • International Award for contribution to the arts Lohana Community