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How I Broke into Hollywood: Success Stories from the Trenches Hardcover – April 25, 2006
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For the uninitiated, the upper echelons of the Hollywood stratosphere look nigh impossible to reach. But, as authors Fenjves and Lang highlight with the 47 interviews they conducted, everyone had to start somewhere. Actor Charles Dutton discovered his passion for theater in the most unlikely of places, prison, and upon his release, he went on to pursue theater, first in Baltimore, then at Yale, and eventually in L.A. Producer Michael London was dead set on a career in journalism and was practically dragged away from his L.A. Times job by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer. David Hayter was hired by Bryan Singer to be his assistant and ended up doing so many rewrites on the X-Men script that he got a sole writing credit on the movie. Although their stories vary greatly, all the Hollywood talent in this book share several things in common: a love of the movies and a dogged determination. With helpful and hopeful advice offered at the end of each interview, Hollywood hopefuls will find this an inspiring and enlightening read indeed. Kristine Huntley
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“Inspiring…. Celebrity watchers will enjoy these vignettes, and Hollywood hopefuls will benefit from the advice.” (Library Journal)
“The collection of people ranges far and wide…buy it and take it with you to the beach.” (Filmstew.com)
Top customer reviews
This book, rather, is a thoughtfully introspective look at how many of the behind-the-scenes people working in Hollywood accepted crushing rejection time and time again, dealt with monetary difficulties while pursuing their dream, the tips and tricks they used to become known and well-employed in Hollywood.
Screenwriters, producers, actors, music supervisors, agents, and costume designers are featured, among other jobs, and their tales are inspiring and really helpful. Each person interviewed in this book really seemed to set aside their ego and talk truthfully about the times they doubted themselves and what could have made things go more smoothly in their journey to Hollywood elite. The advice given is really solid, and could benefit anyone in any career, but especially in the brutal film/ TV industry.
I'd definitely buy this book for any friend considering trying to make it in Hollywood. The advice and stories are entertainingly given and would be valuable and interesting even if they didn't end up pursuing that particular dream.
A word to the publisher: this book has all the hallmarks of a classic, but the cover art and title don't match the contents. I almost passed it over on the shelf because the graphic design looked low rent, and it seemed to just be the personal story of the two authors, whose names I didn't recognize (sorry, guys). When it comes out in paperback (which it should--promote this baby!), how about listing some of the well-known participants on the cover, and changing the title to How I Broke Into Hollywood, 67 Success Stories from the Trenches? This book is a winner!
Diane C. Donovan