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. The completely updated second edition features new interviews with industry professionals, information about the changing social media landscape, the wide array of distribution platforms that are available to aspiring filmmakers, and much more. Honthaner's invaluable experience and advice give those attempting to enter and become successful in the entertainment industry the edge they need to stand out among the intense competition.
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 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. Although no book or class can totally prepare you for a career in the entertainment industry, Hollywood Drive offers insights, direction, and a sense of confidence.
Eve Honthaner is the Deputy Director of the California Film Commission. Having previously come from a background in production management, she worked in various staff positions and in every freelance capacity from PA to line producer. She worked for companies such as DreamWorks and Legendary Pictures and on films such as Titanic, Just Married and Tropic Thunder. Since 1999, she has been teaching a popular summer course at USC's School of Cinematic Arts called Breaking Into the Film Industry. She's the author of The Complete Film Production Handbook, now in its 4th edition, and is a member of the Producers Guild of America.
Table of Contents Introduction Chapter 1: Fade In On Reality Chapter 2: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Chapter 3: No Two Paths Are Ever The Same Chapter 4: Key Ingredients To A Successful Career Chapter 5: Understanding How The Industry Works Chapter 6: Career Options Chapter 7: Some Other Interesting Choices Chapter 8: Going It On Your Own Chapter 9: Life Will Not Go According to Plan if You Have No Plan Chapter 10: Starting Out Chapter 11: Job Search Strategies Chapter 12: The Resume & Cover Letter Chapter 13: Interviews & Meetings Chapter 14: No One Ever Said It Would Be Easy! Chapter 15: Networking & Schmooching Chapter 16: Getting Through The Next Door Chapter 17: Pitching & Selling Chapter 18: Reel Production Chapter 19: You're Not In Film School Anymore, Toto Chapter 20: Show Biz Survival Techniques Chapter 21: Advice From The Experts Chapter 22: Remembering Why You Got Into This Business To Begin With Chapter 23: Eve's Recipe For Success