9780240806686

Hollywood Drive

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  • ISBN13:

    9780240806686

  • ISBN10:

    0240806689

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-05-02
  • Publisher: FOCAL PRESS

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Summary

Hollywood Drive: What it Takes to Break in, Hang in & Make it in the Entertainment Industry is the essential guide to starting and succeeding at a career in film and TV. Written by a Hollywood insider, Honthaner's invaluable experience and advice will give those attempting to enter and become successful in the entertainment industry the edge they need to stand out among the intense competition. Because while film school prepares students to write a script, direct a scene and operate a camera, few newcomers enter the job market understanding how this business truly works and how to land a first job-much less succeed in the industry. Hollywood Drive is not merely a book about what it takes to get your foot in the door. It goes beyond that by offering you the tools, attitude, philosophy and road map you'll need to give yourself a good fighting chance at success -- whether you're looking for your very first job or for a strategy to move your career to the next level. This book will allow you to proceed with your eyes wide open, knowing exactly what to expect. Hollywood Drive explores the realities of the industry: various career options, effective job search strategies, how to write an effective cover letter and resume, what to expect on your first job, the significance of networking and building solid industry relationships, how a project is sold, and how a reel production office and set operate. You'll learn how to define your goals and make a plan to achieve them, how to survive the tough times, how to deal with big egos and bad tempers, and how to put your passion to work for you. * Hollywood insider with 20+ years of experience provides realistic advice and tips on getting a first job and moving up in a tough industry * Covers a variety of career choices and the basics of how a production is set up and run * Includes must-have information on breaking into both Hollywood and smaller markets nationwide

Table of Contents

Introduction xiii
Fade In on Reality
1(18)
Having What It Takes
2(1)
Reality Stings
3(2)
Attend Film School or Jump Right In?
5(3)
Making Coffee Instead of Movies
8(5)
Hollywood Means Business---Know Why You're Here
13(6)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
19(12)
The Good News First
20(1)
Pros From the Pros
21(2)
The Less Glamorous Aspects
23(2)
Cons From the Pros
25(3)
As In Life, This Industry Is Not Fair
28(3)
Key Ingredients to a Successful Career
31(14)
Passion! Passion! And More-Passion!
31(1)
Being Prepared
32(1)
It's Who You Know and Who Knows You
33(1)
It's Also What You Know about the Industry
34(1)
Understanding the Power of Networking
35(1)
Having a Plan, and Committing to Your Success
36(1)
Standing Out Among the Crowd
37(1)
Donning a Teflon Coat
38(1)
Perfecting Your Craft
38(1)
Having Good Interview Skills
39(1)
Being Able to Ask for What You Want
40(1)
A Winning Attitude
40(1)
A Willingness and an Ability to Play the Game
41(1)
Being Well Liked and Having a Good Reputation
42(1)
A Game Plan for Getting Through the Rough Times
43(1)
Remembering the Five ``P''s
43(2)
Career Options
45(36)
Freelance Vs. Staff
46(2)
Being Part of a Crew
48(2)
Unions and Guilds
50(2)
Independents Vs. Studio Films
52(3)
Features Vs. Television
55(1)
The Majors
56(9)
More Staff Possibilities
65(1)
An Agent's Life
66(4)
The Many Faces of a Producer
70(5)
Production Management
75(6)
Some Other Interesting Choices
81(24)
Post Production
81(2)
International Distribution
83(2)
Unit Publicity
85(2)
The Script Doctor
87(1)
The Educator
88(1)
Music
89(3)
Commercials
92(1)
Reality TV
93(2)
Casting
95(1)
Extras Casting
96(1)
Continuity
97(2)
Location Management
99(2)
Studio Operations and Administration
101(2)
New Media
103(2)
Life Will Not Go According to Plan If You Have No Plan
105(16)
Finding Your Passion
106(1)
Know Where You're Going and How You're Going to Get There
107(2)
Setting Goals
109(2)
Keeping Yourself on Track
111(1)
Managing Your Time
112(1)
Keeping on Track (form)
113(2)
Your Vision and Mission
115(2)
Being in the Right Place at the Right Time
117(4)
Starting Out
121(20)
Moving to Tinseltown
121(2)
Being a Big Fish In a Small Market or a Small Fish In a Large Market
123(1)
Skills to Fall Back On
124(2)
The Merits of Working for Free
126(3)
The Mailroom
129(2)
Temp Agencies
131(4)
Network Opportunities
135(2)
Other Considerations
137(4)
Job Search Strategies
141(18)
Looking for Work Is Uncomfortable
141(1)
Finding Your Market
142(2)
Likely Targets
144(1)
Likely Targets (form)
145(1)
Company Profile & Follow-up (form)
146(1)
Learning How to Sell Yourself
147(2)
The Personal Pitch
149(2)
The Recommendation of Others
151(1)
You Never Know Where It's Going to Come From
152(1)
Being Able to Ask for What You Want
153(1)
Shameless Self-Promotion
154(5)
The Resume and Cover Letter
159(24)
The Resume Pile
159(2)
The Cover Letter
161(5)
Resume Guidelines
166(5)
Advice From the Resume Goddess
171(1)
The Resume
171(4)
An Acting Resume
175(1)
The Follow-Up
175(3)
When to Use a Bio
178(1)
Safeguarding Your Resume and Headshots
179(4)
Interviews and Meetings
183(24)
There's More Than One Kind
185(1)
Getting Past the Gatekeepers
185(3)
Preparing for an Interview
188(1)
What They're Looking For
189(5)
The General Information Meeting
194(2)
Seven Steps to a Successful General Information Meeting
196(1)
The Door-to-Door Approach
197(2)
Meeting Etiquette for All Occasions
199(1)
Don't Let Them Scare You Away
200(1)
Follow-Up after Your Interview
201(3)
Being Available
204(1)
A Final Note on the Subject
205(2)
No One Ever Said It Would Be Easy! What You Can Expect Once You Land Your First Job
207(18)
Good PAs and Assistants Are Worth Their Weight in Gold
207(1)
Basic Job Responsibilities
208(1)
Come Equipped
209(1)
Proper Phone Etiquette
210(2)
Know Who You're Answering To
212(1)
What to Do When Starting a New Job
213(1)
What Not to Do When Starting a New Job
214(1)
Becoming Indispensable
215(2)
The Reliability Factor
217(1)
A Sense of Urgency
218(1)
Accepting Boundaries
219(1)
Working Around Celebrities
220(2)
Beware! Warning! Bumpy Road Ahead!
222(2)
Relax and Lighten Up
224(1)
Networking and Schmooching
225(16)
Swimming with Sharks
227(1)
The Secret
228(1)
I'm a Friend of Marc's and Jeff's
229(3)
The Giving Part of Networking
232(1)
The ``How To'' Part of Networking
233(6)
Tips from Heather
239(1)
Your Network
239(1)
My Network (form)
240(1)
Getting Through the Next Door
241(18)
The Cultivation and Maintenance of Contacts
241(3)
There's Always More to Learn
244(3)
Finding a Mentor
247(3)
Having an Agent
250(2)
Making Your Own Film
252(7)
Pitching and Selling
259(20)
Pitching Is Just Part of the Game
259(1)
On the Lookout for Good Material
260(1)
Scripts, Scripts and More Scripts
261(1)
First Things First
262(1)
Becoming One with Your Material
262(2)
Knowing the Market
264(1)
Packaging
265(2)
Getting Your Material in Front of the Buyers
267(6)
Pitching Tips
273(1)
Taking This Route to Become a Producer
274(1)
The Odds
275(2)
It Only Takes One!
277(2)
Reel Production
279(24)
The Production Office
279(7)
A Reel Set
286(4)
Getting Into the DGA
290(3)
The Production Team
293(2)
Production Team Job Responsibilities (form)
295(8)
You're Not in Film School Anymore, Toto
303(16)
Don't Count Those Chickens Just Yet
303(2)
It's Crowded at The Top
305(2)
The Land of Big Egos and Bad Tempers
307(4)
Avoid Burning Bridges
311(2)
There's a Barracuda In My Office---More on Politics
313(6)
Show Biz Survival Techniques
319(18)
A Teflon Coat Comes in All Sizes
319(1)
Preserving Your Motivation and Confidence
320(1)
Getting Past the Disappointment and Depression
321(3)
Walking Around the Brick Wall
324(1)
``Be Bold and Mighty Forces Will Come to Your Aid''
325(1)
Reverting to Plan B
326(1)
Don't Fight a Stacked Deck
327(1)
Get It in Writing
328(1)
The ``No One's-Ever-Going-To-Hire-Me-Again'' Syndrome
329(1)
It's Not a Business for Sissies
330(3)
Humor Is Still the Best Medicine
333(1)
Get Real
334(3)
Advice From the Experts
337(12)
The Word According to Eve
337(3)
The Word According to Everyone Else
340(9)
Remembering Why You Got Into This Business to Begin With
349(4)
Eve's Recipe for Success
353(2)
Glossary of Terms 355(10)
Index 365

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