on August 15, 2008
This book was called "Little Things Matter" when it was in hardcover. At any rate, I think many people overlook the fact that Brillstein was one of the most successful managers and producers in that snake pit called Hollywood, with a career spanning 50+ years. And he didn't have to be a prick to do it. He learned a lot along the way, and this book (and his other - Where Did I Go Right?: You're No One In Hollywood Unless Someone Wants You Dead!.) are a concise sharing of the experiences. (He passed away not long ago on August 7, 2008). Much of what he relates are useful in any business - I'm a consultant, and saw many personal business experiences in his anecdotes - in fact, a few gave me some new insights on what I thought at the time were just rather odd situations.
Like any memoir, it's unique to the person and their times. But one has to wonder - was Brillstein the last of a generation (mature, professional, not totally self-absorbed and with some principles) - or did he set the example for another generation to follow? He certainly put his signature on a lot of people. Food for thought.
on January 21, 2008
I found this book in the dollar store over the past weekend. I've read through the book and found it enjoyable: Common-sense approaches to business that can be distilled in a few easy lessons. The chapters are short, the points of which are illustrated by vignettes peppered with familiar entertainment industry names. It comes down to this: Be true to yourself, work hard, treat people the way you'd want to be treated, and don't underestimate your enemy. Overall, a worthwhile and entertaining reading experience.