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Its All Your Fault: How To Make It As A Hollywood Assistant Paperback – January 4, 2001
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Readers looking for down-and-dirty Hollywood dish or those with dreams of becoming a filmmaker will find everything they need to knowAand laugh hard at all the tantalizing gossipAin It's All Your Fault: How to Make It as a Hollywood Assistant by successful Hollywood producer Bill Robinson and his former assistant, screenwriter Ceridwen Morris. The authors claim that there is no better vantage point on a successful Hollywood career than the view from belowAbut don't mess up, or it's all over! From how to master the art of "rolling calls" to blowing your boss's (or some other bigwig's) nose, Robinson and Morris deliver the real deal. Agent, Neeti Madan.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Kevin Williamson Scream; Dawson's Creek Hysterical and frighteningly true. Not just for the aspiring Hollywood player, but for anyone who's ever confused Sweet 'N Low with Equal. And gotten fired for it.
Darren Star Executive producer of Sex and the City This is the book I wish I had read before coming to Hollywood. A terrifying piece of nonfiction.
Jack Valenti President of the Motion Picture Association of America This is what it's like swimming in the piranha-infested waters of Hollywood and surviving. What a joy to read a book crackling with wit and effortless humor, which is in short supply even in the dazzling movie world.
Diane Keaton Because Bill Robinson was my assistant for two miserable years, you might think I would be enraged to find myself obliquely referred to all over this amazing book. Quite the contrary, I was literally bowled over by the amount of inside knowledge, detailed research, and hilarious anecdotes Ceridwen and Bill offer anyone even remotely interested in a show business career. I laughed, I cried, but mainly I found It's All Your Fault a globally terrifying look into the psychology of moviemaking.
Kristen Johnson 3rd Rock from the Sun This is the definitive book on the madness of Hollywood. Chock full of brilliant writing, hilarious anecdotes, and above all, juicy gossip. You will laugh so hard you'll embarrass yourself.
Courtenay Valenti Senior VP, Theatrical Productions, Warner Bros. A truly funny, insightful guide about how to succeed in Hollywood. This book is vital for anyone who wants to glean never-before-told insider tips. I only wish I had read this entertaining, smart book when I was starting out -- it would have made my early career years so much easier.
John Burnham Executive Vice President and Cohead of Worldwide Motion Pictures, William Morris Agency From a man who's seen it all, from top to bottom: no better advice can be given by greater experts.
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Since I'm not interested in an assistant's job, I was looking more for stories of the industry. This book satisfied that desire but with some down time as it educated the potential assistant. Overall, I'm pleased with the read but if you want to know about the industry and the abuse of new hires, I recommend the recent book, " The Mailroom: Hollywood History from the Bottom Up."
As soon as I got this book I could not put it down and time went by so fast!
If you are serious about becoming a Celebrity Personal Assistant, whether for a star, producer, director, agent, or studio executive, you must buy this book to know what to expect!
They also include phrases to say, how to not lie but not tell the truth, what the phrases mean in Hollywood, and so much more!
I have only a limited experience in this world, a few month's as a producer's assistant, but everything they described is 100% accurate. As I investigate how I want to continue, I'm finding the descriptions of the different roles invaluable (particularly that of assistant to a network exec as a great job for those in the witness protection program; i.e. you'll never meet anyone... lol)
the way these two got into the industry is, as is the norm, highly idiosyncratic, full of luck, timing and chutzpah. It's no surprise that both have done well along the way.
This is also a useful book for creative artists-- screenwriters, actors, aspiritng directors-- because it gives an invaluable inside look at the day-to-day life of the offices and staff of the people they need to deal with.
Better than I hoped it would be!
More books need to be this kind of mean. Maybe this book should be a part of a series with the next one about the Publishing industry, then the Art Market, then the Fashion industry. You can get fired from any job for any reason if your boss is a big enough jerk. Just ask anyone who's worked for Vogue
The authors provide anecdotes from countless assistants about their more famous employers. Many of them are anonymous in the book (more for the protection of their livelihood than the stars' reputations) but it isn't difficult to figure out who some of the unnamed big shots are in many of the tales.
Morris and Robinson describe the subtle differences in each assistant job, depending on who your boss is and what they do. And there's a good deal of sound advice about which job would be right for you, depending on what you want to do afterward, since you probably don't want to be an assistant forever. Along the way, Robinson and Morris provide tips on how to land your dream job, and how to prevent it from becoming a nightmare, and what you should/could do to parlay that job into your dream career.
On the flip side, if you have no intention of pursuing an assistant job, "It's All Your Fault" should serve as a reminder to those who come into contact with assistants while in pursuit of their own dreams. Think twice about who you're speaking with, and how you treat them. They may one day hold a position of power and will remember ...