- Paperback: 284 pages
- Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions (March 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1615930868
- ISBN-13: 978-1615930869
- Product Dimensions: 3.1 x 0.6 x 11.1 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sixteen years as a successful senior-level Hollywood executive — including stints at CBS and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television — have honed Carole Kirschner’s ability to translate the unwritten rules of show business into plain English. She was involved in developing Murphy Brown, Designing Women, Steven Spielberg Presents Tiny Toon Adventures, Reboot, and the original La Femme Nikita series, and now develops and runs innovative entertainment industry training programs for the WGA Showrunner Training Program, CBS Diversity Institute Writers Mentoring Program, and the Hollywood Assistant Training Program.
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By the time I graduated from High School, Hollywood had moved north to Seattle and I had multiple opportunities to act in films and the thought of going to L.A. soon turned into thoughts of love and marriage and children and...Hollywood went farther North to Canada. Oops.
Now the ripe old age of 47, I continue to write and have directed my own film and produced two of my son's films and continue to push towards a career in Hollywood. Albeit from an "older" vantage point.
So it was with excitement that I got "Hollywood Game Plan" to see if there was anything I could do to land that job in Hollywood.
Ms. Kirschner's book is a great read and thorough to the point of almost absurdity. She touches on any and every job that could possibly be available (except for maybe star dog-walker - but I might have missed that one) in the realm of Hollywood.
Besides giving the reader insight into the various jobs available she mixes some basic common sense rules (no typos, dress appropriately, etc.) with multiple "Insider Tips" that punctuate the point she is making. Then each chapter finishes with exercises to get one prepared for the next step in that career focus.
From looking for the job, she then highlights what to do when you get that meeting, what to do when you get that job and, sadly, what to do if you end up being let go.
Capping the book off is a glossary of Hollywood terms and some great appendices with resource links. If your goal is to find that job in Hollywood - this book has nearly everything you need.
My only gripe is, sadly, there's nothing in the book for an old codger such as myself. The book is truly geared for that recent college grad, or the high school student with a couple clever short films, or that twenty-something blogger with five thousand followers on Twitter. I don't feel the book is geared, or written for, anyone over thirty, or thirty-five. Certainly there are common sense lessons that anyone can use when one is looking for a job, whether it's in Hollywood, or not - but I still felt I was a day late and a dollar short (or $3,000 short). My 19 year old son, though, could use this book and run with it.
I'm certain there ARE stories of that guy who retired early at 50 and somehow got a studio job, or that 40 year-old mother of two who took her divorce settlement check and drove to Hollywood and found a fantastic job in costume design. I would have liked to have seen a chapter devoted to "gray hair and Hollywood - can you still make it?" Maybe in the next edition.
Ms. Kirschner does a masterful job of giving you the tools you need to make your way in and around Hollywood - reminding you that it IS a business and no one is an overnight success. It's going to take skills, hard work, determination - and this book - to help you get in the door.
I personally don't plan on moving to LA and getting a career in Hollywood, but I was interested in a new book by Carole Kirschner called HOLLYWOOD GAME PLAN. This book is all about how to prepare for and land a job in the entertainment industry, and it's a really intriguing inside look into the inner-workings of Hollywood.
The book covers the all-important preparation someone will have to undergo before attempting to land a job in the entertainment industry. Kirscher walks through the basics of what Hollywood is like so you'll know what you're getting into. There's a really helpful chapter on preparing an "industry-ready resume," as well as how to create a Hollywood cover letter. The idea is to focus on your strengths and sell those strengths to decision makers. The book covers the importance of networking and a step-by-step job search strategy, as well as creating a custom career path because the idea is to always be furthering your career.
This book is ideal for anyone who wants to break into the entertainment industry. It's really easy to read and full of expert advice on the world of visual storytelling.
I received this book for free for review from Michael Wiese Productions
See my full review on my blog, "Writing to be Read". [....]
If you want work in Hollywood, you can learn how to deconstruct films, write movies, shoot TV shows, or produce projects anywhere. This is the only book that gives you the practical nuts and bolts of how to break in.