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Bill Robinson , Ceridwen Morris
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Book Description

January 4, 2001
An Essential Guide to Landing -- and Keeping -- Your first Hollywood Job
A position as an assistant to a producer, agent, director, studio executive, or star can be the path to a fabulous career -- or a one-way ticket to hell. How can the aspiring Hollywood assistant quickly learn the inside track to success while avoiding the land mines? It's All Your Fault is the answer. Written by two former Hollywood assistants who've been there and done that, It's All Your Fault is bursting with hard-earned advice, from figuring out who's who and who isn't to sex, drugs, and other work-related issues. Filled with outrageous anecdotes and countless celebrity stories, It's All Your Fault proves an indispensable addition to the nightstand of every wannabe Hollywood mover and shaker.

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From Publishers Weekly

Readers looking for down-and-dirty Hollywood dish or those with dreams of becoming a filmmaker will find everything they need to knowAand laugh hard at all the tantalizing gossipAin It's All Your Fault: How to Make It as a Hollywood Assistant by successful Hollywood producer Bill Robinson and his former assistant, screenwriter Ceridwen Morris. The authors claim that there is no better vantage point on a successful Hollywood career than the view from belowAbut don't mess up, or it's all over! From how to master the art of "rolling calls" to blowing your boss's (or some other bigwig's) nose, Robinson and Morris deliver the real deal. Agent, Neeti Madan.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Kevin Williamson Scream; Dawson's Creek Hysterical and frighteningly true. Not just for the aspiring Hollywood player, but for anyone who's ever confused Sweet 'N Low with Equal. And gotten fired for it.

Darren Star Executive producer of Sex and the City This is the book I wish I had read before coming to Hollywood. A terrifying piece of nonfiction.

Jack Valenti President of the Motion Picture Association of America This is what it's like swimming in the piranha-infested waters of Hollywood and surviving. What a joy to read a book crackling with wit and effortless humor, which is in short supply even in the dazzling movie world.

Diane Keaton Because Bill Robinson was my assistant for two miserable years, you might think I would be enraged to find myself obliquely referred to all over this amazing book. Quite the contrary, I was literally bowled over by the amount of inside knowledge, detailed research, and hilarious anecdotes Ceridwen and Bill offer anyone even remotely interested in a show business career. I laughed, I cried, but mainly I found It's All Your Fault a globally terrifying look into the psychology of moviemaking.

Kristen Johnson 3rd Rock from the Sun This is the definitive book on the madness of Hollywood. Chock full of brilliant writing, hilarious anecdotes, and above all, juicy gossip. You will laugh so hard you'll embarrass yourself.

Courtenay Valenti Senior VP, Theatrical Productions, Warner Bros. A truly funny, insightful guide about how to succeed in Hollywood. This book is vital for anyone who wants to glean never-before-told insider tips. I only wish I had read this entertaining, smart book when I was starting out -- it would have made my early career years so much easier.

John Burnham Executive Vice President and Cohead of Worldwide Motion Pictures, William Morris Agency From a man who's seen it all, from top to bottom: no better advice can be given by greater experts.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; 1st edition (January 4, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684869586
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684869582
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious look at an unseen side of Hollywood December 2, 2001
Whether you're already in the business, want desperately to break in, or are simply a fan of Hollywood gossip, "It's All Your Fault! (How to make it as a Hollywood Assistant)" is an absolute delight. Bill Robinson and Ceridwen Morris have put together a 'how to' book which very often had me laughing out loud. Beginning with their own experiences (Robinson had been an assistant to Diane Keaton, and Morris, a screenwriter, was at one time Robinson's assistant), the authors offer a glimpse at the crazy, chaotic, and often thankless job of the Hollywood assistant, whether it's an assistant to a movie star, director, talent agent, or producer.
The authors provide anecdotes from countless assistants about their more famous employers. Many of them are anonymous in the book (more for the protection of their livelihood than the stars' reputations) but it isn't difficult to figure out who some of the unnamed big shots are in many of the tales.
Morris and Robinson describe the subtle differences in each assistant job, depending on who your boss is and what they do. And there's a good deal of sound advice about which job would be right for you, depending on what you want to do afterward, since you probably don't want to be an assistant forever. Along the way, Robinson and Morris provide tips on how to land your dream job, and how to prevent it from becoming a nightmare, and what you should/could do to parlay that job into your dream career.
On the flip side, if you have no intention of pursuing an assistant job, "It's All Your Fault" should serve as a reminder to those who come into contact with assistants while in pursuit of their own dreams. Think twice about who you're speaking with, and how you treat them. They may one day hold a position of power and will remember ...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading for Hollywood-bes: keep it close! August 21, 2004
This is a fast read, and it reads like a memoir-humor book-- don't be fooled. It's full of REAL information, and good advice.

I have only a limited experience in this world, a few month's as a producer's assistant, but everything they described is 100% accurate. As I investigate how I want to continue, I'm finding the descriptions of the different roles invaluable (particularly that of assistant to a network exec as a great job for those in the witness protection program; i.e. you'll never meet anyone... lol)

the way these two got into the industry is, as is the norm, highly idiosyncratic, full of luck, timing and chutzpah. It's no surprise that both have done well along the way.

This is also a useful book for creative artists-- screenwriters, actors, aspiritng directors-- because it gives an invaluable inside look at the day-to-day life of the offices and staff of the people they need to deal with.

Better than I hoped it would be!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hallelujah!! January 3, 2001
By Lucy
Take it from someone who has been chewed up and spit out, but still surviving in the trenches, this book is a must read for anyone who dreams of a better life in La-La Land. Who let the dogs out? God. And they all reside in Hollywood. This hilarious handbook/'bible" should be passed out to everyone who crosses the Los Angeles county lines. For those of you still brave enough to venture here, you've got brothers and sisters who feel your pain, so memorize it, sleep with it under your pillow, get the book on tape for godsake, but give yourself a leg up and order it for next day air.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, insightful, bitterly funny. July 25, 2003
This is the "Crafty Screenwriting" of assistanting. The writers have clearly been around the block and through the mill, and tell it like it is. They also had fun writing it, and the bitter joy of (I hope for their sakes) no longer being an assistant shines through. If you're thinking of going to Hollywood as anything at all, you need to read this book to understand what the lives of the 50% of people there who are assistants are like!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most accurate portrait of Hollywood since Sunset Blvd December 22, 2000
This book is both hysterically funny and painfully accurate. If anyone is remotely interested in what it is like to work in Hollywood they must read this book. If you have no interest in Hollywood it is worth it for the incredibly funny writing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Down and Dirty January 3, 2001
By A Customer
I thought it was funny. Most of these How-to books are overly technical and dry. This had a good balance of humor and gossip and info.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended STAT! November 16, 2006
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Wow this book is a must have and one of your top priority of books and resources to buy if you want to become a Hollywood Assistant. The authors doesn't sugarcoat anything. They strip down the job as a Hollywood Assistant to the raw naked view. It has a bit of humor in it but all of it is true.

As soon as I got this book I could not put it down and time went by so fast!

If you are serious about becoming a Celebrity Personal Assistant, whether for a star, producer, director, agent, or studio executive, you must buy this book to know what to expect!

They also include phrases to say, how to not lie but not tell the truth, what the phrases mean in Hollywood, and so much more!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An accurate, yet funny guide for assistants March 6, 2001
By A Customer
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As a former Hollywood assistant (I've moved up the ladder and am now an executive at a major production company), I'd say that this book gives a pretty accurate account of what you may endure as an assistant in this town. It certainly recalled many of the experiences that my friends and I had when we were starting out. Bill Robinson and Ceridwen Morris are well known in Hollywood circles, so it makes sense that their advice is dead-on. They are in this world and they know what they are talking about. If you're interested in working in the film or television industries, this book is certainly one of the sources you should check out in advance. It might scare you a bit, but so will working for some of these people in Hollywood! Best to be prepared. All in all, this book presents some very solid advice for prospective assistants. It's a fun read and I'd definitely recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Humiliation is just the beginning!
This book really made me glad I never pursued a career in Hollywood. It is full of reality-based humor. Everybody is so phony! Read more
Published on November 30, 2002 by Miss Nancy
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! Scary, but true....
I loved every devilish line of this book. I even fell down onto the floor laughing. I'm buying half a dozen of these to send to my friends in Hollywood! Read more
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This book was just wonderful because it is so true and such an accurate portrayal of what REALLY goes on in the over-hyped but hideous entertainment industry. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny!!
This book cracked me up! I can't believe this stuff is true. I'm ordering a copy immediately for every struggling LA friend I know who is not related to Spielberg.
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