How I Broke into Hollywood: Success Stories from the by Pablo F. Fenjves

By Pablo F. Fenjves

Hollywood's survivors proportion their secrets and techniques to good fortune -- the place, they got here from, how they made it, and the way you may also In a heyday of fact tv and in a single day stardom, it is simple to disregard that the majority avid gamers needed to work flat out to make it enormous. How I Broke into Hollywood brings jointly dozens of Tinseltown's maximum good fortune tales, from legends Sydney Pollack and Lalo Schifrin to emerging starlet Erika Christensen to ?ber-producer Gavin Polone. Icons in their -- writers, actors, administrators, designers, cinematographers, executives and extra -- they have been as soon as outsiders themselves, and their beginnings have the entire grit and glamour of the simplest Hollywood movies. one of the figures profiled: comic Bernie Mac, whose earliest stand-up indicates have been on subway vehicles and at funeral events. Actor Charles Dutton, who was once convicted of manslaughter at age seventeen, then went directly to the Yale tuition of Drama and a super occupation on degree, monitor, and tv. Actor Peter Gallagher, who suffered a crippling bout of level fright moments earlier than jumping onstage as Snoopy -- yet whose jitters moved him to a functionality that introduced the viewers to its toes and introduced his profession. Superagent Jay Kanter, who began as a mailroom man -- ahead of nabbing Marlon Brando as his first superstar shopper. manufacturer Caryn Mandabach, whose first task was once making beer runs for the creation men on the Olympic Auditorium -- yet who paid consciousness and shortly used to be constructing such hits because the Cosby convey, Roseanne, and That '70s convey. Director John Landis, who hunted down his first activity as a creation assistant via procuring a one-way price ticket to London, then hitchhiking and hopping trains all of the strategy to the set . . . in Yugoslavia. How I Broke into Hollywood stocks the voices of approximately fifty Hollywood survivors as they revisit the highs and lows in their careers of their personal phrases, dishing airborne dirt and dust and offering the knowledge they received alongside the best way. We examine what drew them to the and what made them remain, what encouraged and appalled them, and what secrets and techniques propelled them to specialist stardom. (Hint: an excellent angle -- and an unflappable ego -- do not hurt.) the line to good fortune is a bumpy, angst-ridden, star-studded thrill trip -- yet for those insiders, a minimum of, it used to be worthy each pitfall and lesson discovered. usually hilarious, regularly instructive, How I Broke into Hollywood is an impossible to resist learn for an individual interested by these who have made it sizeable . . . and for individuals all over hoping to make it huge themselves.

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I should have bought that movie. It was great. ” And I said, “Well, I’ve got this other movie that this kid Chris Columbus is writing. ” I sent him the script and he called me a few days later. “Michael Eisner and I have read the script and we both think it’s the best script we’ve read in two years,” he said. ” And they did. And that’s how I broke into Hollywood. So here’s my advice: If you really want to be in show business, and you really want to be a producer, you have to have a point of view.

It was called Things to Come, and it was based on an H. G. Wells science-fiction story. The visuals were incredibly striking, and I was impressed by the imagination of the filmmakers and the way they portrayed the future. In some ways, the film was prophetic. It was released just before World War II, and it predicted the partial collapse of civilization. At the time, however, it meant nothing to me beyond interesting entertainment; I was going off to Stanford University, to become an engineer, like my father.

They saw that I was completely honest and serious about it, even at that age, and they took it just as seriously as I did. My mother signed up for a seminar on how to help your kid get into show business, and I ended up auditioning for one of the people who ran the seminar. That woman helped me get an agent, and almost immediately I booked three commercials, including another one for McDonald’s. I put a lot of work into it. I was taking dance classes, acting classes, and voice lessons, and I was performing with four different groups.

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