Excerpts

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Highlights from Hollywood Game Plan: How to Land a Job in Film, Television and Digital Entertainment:

From the Introduction

WELCOME TO HOLLYWOOD

The afternoon I called my mother from the private screening room at Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment was one of the best days of my life. I’d just gotten my job as Vice President of Television and was reviewing every film he’d made to see which properties might make good TV shows. From the time I had graduated from high school, my conservative mother had encouraged me to become a court reporter; it’s a safe, solid career choice, she’d remind me every time I tried something new. With Raiders of the Lost Ark playing in the background, she finally had to concede the truth: I was right and the risks I’d taken to work in the entertainment industry had paid off. I was now doing what I’d always dreamed of.

This book is my way to encourage you to take a risk and follow your dreams. But you don’t have to do it alone. When I began the journey that ultimately took me to that darkened screening room, I didn’t know anyone in show business and didn’t have a clue how to proceed. Along the way, I kept wishing someone would tell me what to do; explain the unwritten rules that everyone else seemed to know. As I was figuring things out, I vowed to help other aspiring hopefuls.

I mentored wonderful, talented people and started to teach classes at universities on career development — how to break into and succeed in the entertainment industry. Over time the material evolved into the Hollywood Game Plan. It’s a concrete, step-by-step plan that offers the tools you need to navigate this highly competitive, rapidly evolving business.

From Chapter 2: Learn the Basics: Entertainment 101

IT’S A GREAT TIME TO BE CREATING CONTENT

This is one of the most exciting times in history to be involved in entertainment.  Technology is pushing the industry to evolve at lightning speed and you’ll see the business change more in the next five years than it has over the past fifty…

Creative entrepreneurs are writing, producing, directing, editing and acting in their own projects. They’re getting their friends together, creating content and putting it online, where millions of people see it without anything going through a studio or network.

Traditional media is frantically trying to figure out how to make money in this new climate, while digital media giants like Google an Amazon are cutting into the traditional entertainment market.

While they fight it out, you still want to get a job. Despite the downturn in the economy, now is a great time to get a job in entertainment. More opportunity exists today than ever before; different kinds of productions are on the rise and new types of jobs in the digital end of the business are springing up all the time. In spite of all the changes, the entertainment industry always responds to talent and passion.

From Chapter 10: Develop a Unique Personal Story

…In show business a “log line” is a one-sentence, intriguing description of a movie or television series. It’s what producers throw around to sell their project and it’s what makes viewers clamor to watch it… A personal logline is a few sentences that describe who you are, what you currently do, what you want to do and what makes you different from other people doing it. An effective personal log line makes a listener want to find out more about you.

Hollywood Game Plan is published by Michael Wiese Productions.

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