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The Hollywood Assistants Handbook: 86 Rules for Aspiring Power Players Paperback – May 7, 2008
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From the Back Cover
Been there, done that, kept notes:
• Minimum-wage workplaces to put you in the path of HPPs
• Perfect that resume
• Homework: the must-see movies, the must-read books
• What to wear to your first interview
• Boss genres and personality types
• The 18 favorite insults
• How to roll calls
• To gift or not to gift: the holiday dilemma
• Why there is nothing better than interns
• The 20-10-10 trick to reading a screenplay
• Your very own entourage
• Appropriate company party behavior
• Fail up
• Knowing when to quit
• Rolodex management
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Top Customer Reviews
It's a good book to help people decide if they really want to enter the entertainment industry.
The book is broken into 5 major parts that serve to lead you to situations as they would (supposedly) happen in your actual career. As we know, nothing is predictable. I did find some of the lingo to be interesting and good to know, though I'm not sure everything they say is important in the book really is.
A lot of the content itself is nothing shocking, but it does allow you to consider whether this is something you really want to consider as a starting point of a career. Look, you might not love it, but it's temporary, as long as you stick to it and give it your all at least.
Mostly, just keep conscious of the lessons and take notes on what you really need to. That's subjective to everyone, of course. For me, I was unfamiliar with some of the terminology used on occasions, so I made a point to note that. However, I already know how to deal with certain personalities, and I don't get star-struck, so those sections I breezed by.Read more ›
It comes across as a very useful workplace guide.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sort of a silly book, but I suppose that was the point. It becomes very repetitious , saying over and over "your boss is a jerk and you MUST do whatever she asks you to. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Walter H. Kuenstler
Gave as a gift to a fledging PA going out to Hollywood, scared her a little, but she read it through and said it was helpful.Published 9 months ago by m cecchini
Bought this for my daughter's first assignment as a Production Assistant. She said it was 'extremely useful.'Published 13 months ago by Stephen Smith
Great, short read! Very useful tips for anyone starting in the entertainment industry or becoming an executive assistant. Helped me out in quite a few situations!Published 14 months ago by DeeMC
Anybody looking to work in the biz should read this. I'm just getting started myself, so I'll have to comment later how helpful this advice is.Published 18 months ago by JR
My friend bought this for me as a prank gift when I accepted my first Hollywood assistant job. It sat on my shelf for a few months because I didn't really feel the need to read it. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Kyla P.