What I Wish I Knew Before I Moved to Hollywood (2nd Edition)

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New and expanded edition with extra interviews and topics. "This book offers insights to help you pursue your dreams with your eyes wide open. Success in Hollywood takes great patience and determination. Knowing this helps you prepare for each battle you face along the way." —James Pickens Jr., Actor, ABC's Grey’s Anatomy Oprah Winfrey and dozens of motivational speaks say, "Follow your bliss (what makes you happy) and the money will come." This may be true, but what they don't tell you is how long it may take for the money to come. "Entertaining and revealing... Locke challenges his readers to step behind the Hollywood sign to see the business side of entertainment. Insights into why movies are made, how artists are chosen for success and how hopefuls can improve their chances make it a fascinating read for artists and the general public." –Library Journal "A great read. I couldn't put it down… fascinating, humorous, and very honest....anyone who wants to go to Hollywood...better yet, anyone who has dreams should read this book." –MyBookAddiction.com Review “Honest, insightful, refreshing and laugh out loud funny. Locke's writing style is reminiscent of David Sedaris—colorful and sardonic…unveils the good, bad and ugly side of Hollywood but still inspires you to follow your dreams. –Rayne ShumanT.R. Locke once abandoned dreams of being a writer and an actor in exchange for a comfortable life in suburban Chicago as a college administrator and real estate investor. Success didn't make him happy though, it left him bored. So Locke took a chance on his old dream, wrote a screenplay and sent it to Hollywood. To his surprise, he made the semi-finals of a screenwriting contest developed by Stephen Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment. Soon Locke was flying out to L. A., meeting with literary agents and producers, hobnobbing with movie and music stars and anticipating an exciting future following his bliss. Two years later he was broke.That's when the real WORK of following dreams began.“Should be required reading for every performing arts program in the country Readers will save untold dollars, pains and frustrations by standing on these experts' shoulders. Before you go or before you quit & leave Hollywood, read this book."—Book Maven ReviewsPeople believe Hollywood is just a world of pampered movie stars and moguls making million-dollar movies. We’ve seen the fictional life on Entourage. Every year more than 111,000 talented (and not so talented) artists move to Los Angeles to pursue dreams in movies and music. But did you know that every year about the same number leave? Why? Because on the way to the dream, most spend years as an unknown actor, writer, assistant, singer, dancer, or apprentice doing hard work that isn’t very glamorous. Movie star Samuel L. Jackson’s first movie was in 1972—the same year Al Pacino made The Godfather. Though Pacino rocketed to fame four years after his first TV appearance in 1968, Jackson’s journey took another 22 years before he became widely known.Confucius said, “Do work you love and you will never work another day in your life.” But he also said, “It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.” “The book isn’t intended to stop people from following their bliss, but it is intended as a wake-up call... If these stories don’t scare you off, you may well have what it takes to survive and even prosper there.” –Scriptwriting SecretsWhat I Wish I Knew Before I Moved to Hollywood is based not only on Locke's own hilarious, rollercoaster experiences in Hollywood as a screenwriter and actor, but the experiences of more than a dozen other artists—from Grammy-nominated singers, to screenwriters, staffers, film and TV executives, festival-winning directors, Emmy-winning filmmakers, platinum-selling record producers and award-winning movie and TV stars. Their stories inspire and entertain you whether your dreams lead to Hollyw

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Expired Deals What I Wish I Knew Before I Moved to Hollywood (2nd Edition) New and expanded edition with extra interviews and topics. "This book offers insights to help you pursue your dreams with your eyes wide open. Success in Hollywood takes great patience and determination. Knowing this helps you prepare for each battle you face along the way." —James Pickens Jr., Actor, ABC's Grey’s Anatomy Oprah Winfrey and dozens of motivational speaks say, "Follow your bliss (what makes you happy) and the money will come." This may be true, but what they don't tell you is how long it may take for the money to come. "Entertaining and revealing... Locke challenges his readers to step behind the Hollywood sign to see the business side of entertainment. Insights into why movies are made, how artists are chosen for success and how hopefuls can improve their chances make it a fascinating read for artists and the general public." –Library Journal "A great read. I couldn't put it down… fascinating, humorous, and very honest....anyone who wants to go to Hollywood...better yet, anyone who has dreams should read this book." –MyBookAddiction.com Review “Honest, insightful, refreshing and laugh out loud funny. Locke's writing style is reminiscent of David Sedaris—colorful and sardonic…unveils the good, bad and ugly side of Hollywood but still inspires you to follow your dreams. –Rayne ShumanT.R. Locke once abandoned dreams of being a writer and an actor in exchange for a comfortable life in suburban Chicago as a college administrator and real estate investor. Success didn't make him happy though, it left him bored. So Locke took a chance on his old dream, wrote a screenplay and sent it to Hollywood. To his surprise, he made the semi-finals of a screenwriting contest developed by Stephen Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment. Soon Locke was flying out to L. A., meeting with literary agents and producers, hobnobbing with movie and music stars and anticipating an exciting future following his bliss. Two years later he was broke.That's when the real WORK of following dreams began.“Should be required reading for every performing arts program in the country Readers will save untold dollars, pains and frustrations by standing on these experts' shoulders. Before you go or before you quit & leave Hollywood, read this book."—Book Maven ReviewsPeople believe Hollywood is just a world of pampered movie stars and moguls making million-dollar movies. We’ve seen the fictional life on Entourage. Every year more than 111,000 talented (and not so talented) artists move to Los Angeles to pursue dreams in movies and music. But did you know that every year about the same number leave? Why? Because on the way to the dream, most spend years as an unknown actor, writer, assistant, singer, dancer, or apprentice doing hard work that isn’t very glamorous. Movie star Samuel L. Jackson’s first movie was in 1972—the same year Al Pacino made The Godfather. Though Pacino rocketed to fame four years after his first TV appearance in 1968, Jackson’s journey took another 22 years before he became widely known.Confucius said, “Do work you love and you will never work another day in your life.” But he also said, “It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.” “The book isn’t intended to stop people from following their bliss, but it is intended as a wake-up call... If these stories don’t scare you off, you may well have what it takes to survive and even prosper there.” –Scriptwriting SecretsWhat I Wish I Knew Before I Moved to Hollywood is based not only on Locke's own hilarious, rollercoaster experiences in Hollywood as a screenwriter and actor, but the experiences of more than a dozen other artists—from Grammy-nominated singers, to screenwriters, staffers, film and TV executives, festival-winning directors, Emmy-winning filmmakers, platinum-selling record producers and award-winning movie and TV stars. Their stories inspire and entertain you whether your dreams lead to Hollyw http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51yyJb0PnYL._SL160_.jpg
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