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Songwriter Cynthia Weil is famous for singles including "We Gotta Get Out of This Place" for The Animals and "Walking in the Rain" for The Ronettes.
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In 2004, she and her husband created a Broadway revue called "They Wrote That?" Mann sang and played their songs while Weil recounted stories from their career and personal lives. In 2006, Weil tried her hand at screenwriting, co-writing a picture called The Stranger Game that aired on Lifetime. In 2008, Mann and Weil wrote an original pop musical based on the movie Mask.
When asked what advice she would give to budding songwriters,
Weil replied: "As William Goldman said about the film industry, 'Nobody knows anything.' It's the same thing in the music industry. A lot of guys spend their lives saying no because it's an easier way to keep your job. You just have to believe in yourself when you've got something, and just keep pounding on the door, because if you pound long enough, somebody is going to open it. You'll probably hit them in the face, but sometimes it's something you've got to do. What can I say? There is the great creative part of it. The writing is the best part. When you feel good about what you've written, there is just no high that is greater."
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