So, it seemed like kind of a distant aspiration a year ago – that my brother and I would both have jobs with high-profile movie-makers in this town. And it seemed like this blog could be a great way to record our ideas and experiences along the way. However, it hadn’t occurred to me that as soon as we’d started real work, we wouldn’t be able to talk much about it. We’re both fortunate to have jobs with successful producers, working on exciting projects. Suffice it to say, things are going well and my advice to anyone seeking a job in this competitive and (supposedly) glamorous business:
- Be prepared to work as an unpaid intern for up to a year and then impress the socks off the people you work with. Bring value to get value. Attend lots of events but don’t get distracted by the people who’ve lost sight of the forest for the trees. There are a lot of impractical, undisciplined, pie-in-the-sky dreamers leaching onto people here. Don’t get leached. The people that make it happen are level-headed, reliable and ambitious.
- Read a lot of books, screenplays and news.
- Surf. I’m not sure why, but just do it. The beach is right there. Also, hike up to the Hollywood sign.