Another day and another accolade for a member of the new Star Trek team. This Friday Star Trek co-writer Roberto Orci is being honored by the Imagen Foundation at their 23rd annual awards honoring contributions of Latinos to the entertainment industry. Bob spoke to Variety about the honor, details below.
Bob honored with Lear award
On Friday at the Beverly Hilton, Bob Orci is being bestowed with the esteemed Imagen Lear award, named for Imagen’s cofounder and veteran writer Norman Lear. More details at imagen.org. This is actually not the Mexico City-born writer’s first time for recognition amongst the Latino community. In 2007, The Hollywood Reporter listed Bob as 35th on their Latino Power 50 list.
However, as we all know him here, Bob remains humble and seemingly a bit embarrassed to be honored without his writing partner Alex Kurtzman, telling Variety that it "does feel a little bizarre" to be going solo for a writing accolade. With Star Trek and Transformers, this has been a big year for the writing team, but Orci tells Variety that the pair are "trying to keep things as much the same as possible," and are even studying past successful partnerships hoping to stave off the tension that often comes with success. Bob does have some advice for aspiring writers, saying:
No. 1, read everything you can," he says. "No. 2, write all the time, and finish what you start. And No. 3, never become a snob about the kind of work you’re getting. A gig is a gig.
Sounds great Bob and a big congrats! Now get back to the grindstone and start writing that Star Trek sequel! (I kid, I kid).