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Breaking into Hollywood Paperback – November 10, 2010
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Sure enough, it was a light easy read - perfect for my train commute. I could totally relate as someone from a completely alternate background who was hungry and passionate enough to drive clear across this country (as so many millions do) to pursue dreams. She affirmed and confirmed my talent and instincts by openly sharing about her own. I felt like I was reading a blog from a sister or cousin because the author was so down to earth and accessible. I read passages aloud to my business partner to inspire her as well. We believed that if Ms. Hutchinson could breakthrough - we could too.
A smart savvy business-woman of color who started with absolutely nothing (and when you read the book, you will know just how little she came to LA with!) and made wonderful things happen in her professional and personal life (which is virtually impossible to do in the City of Lost Angels). All this without completely compromising her look, self, or beliefs. She systematically sets goals and achieves them, and I admire her because a part of her life purpose is to encourage you to do the same.
My only critique would be that there were times when she over-simplified or amplified her circumstances. But overall when I finished this book I felt enriched, and I know others will too.
I appreciated the honesty. You think cliches are dead? Be a cute girl OR guy in Hollywood without being propositioned for favors! Crazy, in 2011. But hey, people will always be people.
This book isn't smarmy or gossipy, rather it shows that in the wild west you have to have your hustle on and secure mentors for yourself. If you are half as intrepid as the author you too can make it. I actually live in the land of broken dreams. Most people select themselves out of the game. Others rack up alliances and never get voted off the island. Everyone must do a self-check to determine if they have the inclination to be almost totally self-reliant and self-motivating. And deal with disappointment even when you've done everything right. One day the payoff will be huge although do know that smaller payoffs will come first.
This book is generous in offering many free resources too. Much appreciated.