The Hollywood story goes back for years and years and yes, even decades. Stories of people who came here with huge dreams and who were talented, some more, then others.
Now, today, every small town and city in the world has sent out the best of the best of talents, to this small city called “Hollywood”. It is overwhelming, because it is the best of writers, actors, directors, producers, stunt people, etc. Everyone is really good. So needless to say, the competition is great.
Most of the power of Hollywood is on the side of producing, directing and casting. Now, all these people are good people. They do all they can to help the ‘Newbie’ in town. However, there are some people here- who just want to have control. Period. Just control. These people, make all the rest of the talent feel like, they (the talent),are NOT ENOUGH. “You are too fat, not fat enough, too skinny, not skinny enough, too talented for this role, not talented enough, too ethnic, not ethnic enough, funny but not funny enough your pictures are not good enough, your tape too long.” You get the idea, the list is endless ..so you have to remember: That You are More Then Enough! It is just the nature of the business that makes us all feel…we are not good enough.
So, if you are going to play football, then get your gear on and get in the arena and play. Go to events and meet people, and I don’t mean bars. Parties, museums, events were like- minded people will meet. Talk randomly to a stranger on an elevator, nicely( of course use common sense here.) Casting director’s assistants are the Casting Directors of tomorrow. So be nice to everyone, and build your moral up with good friends,professional relationships, family and managers/agents.
It is the people who believe in themselves that get breaks. This is no town for humility, although in our hearts we should always have it.
Once as a young girl, I had the opportunity to meet the great Groucho Marx, of the Marx Brothers, who said to me, ” My brothers and I spent 14 or so years in Vaudeville, and Hollywood ate up all of our stuff (physical comedy) in 1 year!”
Pace yourself and surround yourself with people who believe in you. Don’t let anyone tear you down and do not take anything in the business personally, or you will bring yourself down. Play the game with humor and passion,
Take baby steps and do it slowly, learning all you can about the craft of Film-making and you will surprise yourself at what you can accomplish. Go For it! And remember…well, you know what to remember.