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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; annotated edition edition (May 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761147462
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761147466
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 4.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"As a former assistant myself, I know well the dirty little secret of Hollywood ... all knowledge resides with the Hollywood Power Player's assistants; they are the ones who know how to get things done. The only danger in reading this book is that if you become too good an assistant, your boss will never let you go on to bigger and better things. Read this book—it will tell you what to do!"
—Laura Ziskin, producer, Spiderman 1, 2, and 3 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It's the assistant, and here at last is the essential book for how to get a foot in the door and begin your exhilarating climb to Hollywood Power Player. The Hollywood Assistants Handbook is the ultimate insider's guide, packed with practical tips, unwritten rules (#37: Please don't touch the celebrities), quizzes, industry secrets, humor and advice ("Giveaways are never given. They're traded. Most likely for your soul…") All of it priceless knowledge for anyone who's ever dreamed of making it in la-la land.
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
• Swag!
• 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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It's a good book to help people decide if they really want to enter the entertainment industry.
Emily Cook
I highly recommend The Hollywood Assistants Handbook to anyone, whether you're looking to enter the entertainment industry or are simply just curious about it!!!
KWorkman
I found the information to be very helpful in understanding the worlds of working in the entertainment industry.
Alan C. Stephens

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Emily Cook on July 31, 2011
Format: Paperback
As a production assistant, I found some of the material useful. I think it's more for a development office or an agent's desk.
It's a good book to help people decide if they really want to enter the entertainment industry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Travers on May 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
Manages to strike the balance of fun and informative that makes it a great gift for a college grad pondering a career in the entertainment biz.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alan C. Stephens on July 4, 2008
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I found the information to be very helpful in understanding the worlds of working in the entertainment industry. Having insider information on the Hollywood industry should provide guidance for people deciding if this is the work career place they want. I got the book out of curiosity about the industry that provides the public with amusement products. The information is well arranged and easy to understand. The publication does not hold back from warnings about making mistaken moves while working in Hollywood.
It comes across as a very useful workplace guide.
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I didn't care for this book. Didn't finish it. I had to read it for a class at film school. Overall most of the advice was fine (if a little basic) but it was written in such a snarky, I'm-more-clever-than-you tone that it was hard to get in to. (I had the same problem with Snyder's "Save The Cat") I'm sure if you can get passed the style, there is information to glean here. But I just couldn't do it.
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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. As soon as I did, all I could do was thank my lucky stars that I don't work for some of the people described in the book! It is entertaining to ready the "True" stories and some of the advice, while I deem to be common sense, is well written. The book is laid out in a fun style and worth a read for anyone interested in learning more about the Hollywood support system.
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By Kit Lyman on April 20, 2014
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Not only was it an interesting read, but it provided very helpful and essential tips for surviving as an assistant in Hollywood. When I worked in LA, I found myself seeing a lot of truth to what Peter Nowalk wrote in this handbook. Definitely worth picking up!
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By Divest on February 26, 2014
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This was a very neat and interesting book. Very useful. I would recommend it for anyone who is going to go into a high capacity assistant job for someone very demanding.
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By Chelsea on February 13, 2014
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this book is seriously funny! i had just moved to LA and got this as a gift from a friend. had a list of all the classy restaurants hang outs and lingo thats associated with la la land. a must read. definitely entertaining!
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