Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Hollywood Reality Lesson #424

Everyone always says they know it is a struggle to make it in Hollywood as an actor and they understand almost no one makes any money, blah, blah, blah. But, that very same person in the next breath will tell me how they can make it as a producer or some other executive position and just roll in the dough. There are even fewer producers who really make it. You would probably be better off trying to make it as an actor. Anyone can call themselves a producer and many people do, but very few succeed. It may also surprise you to know that making money in producing is not really all about who you know. It really is building up a resume and experience and working on hopefully profitable projects which will make you some real money.

Stranger Danger is a friend of mine and yes, that is way too long, so we will call her DR. If you get the reference to the nickname, you will get the initials. DR is no one famous and I guarantee none of you have heard of her. She is a producer and ekes out a living much like an actress would each month. She is in her early 30's and smoking hot. Later I will get back to the smoking hot and the who you know reference I made in the first paragraph. Anyway, DR is a producer and if you Google her she will come up and she even has an IMDB listing which makes her smile REALLY big. She got it for this great movie she worked on in 2005. A really great movie which she thought would lead to bigger and better movies. She doesn't have any since. Right now she produces commercials and makes a good living for anywhere but here in LA. She works really hard and is great at what she does but there are way too many people for too few jobs. She has been producing for several years and it will probably take another four or five to really get some traction and to be a player. Ten years of her life will be spent working and working and always looking for that next paycheck just in the hopes of maybe making it at that point. MAYBE. It could be that after ten years she is still doing the same thing and still kissing the same ass and still making those same phone calls everyday just to help pay for living expenses. You are afraid to take a vacation because you may miss out on some work. Sick in bed and you will miss out on work. Most people think things happen overnight. They don't.

Anyway, back to the who you know. DR is one of the few who was born and raised in LA. Why is this important? Well she knows everyone, or at least their kids. While you and I were looking for a fake i.d and hoping to tap a keg, DR and her friends were diving into their parent's stash and partying like rock stars. If you want gossip these are the people to ask. To them it is not gossip it is just growing up. We might share a story about so and so getting it on in the backseat of a car. To us that is growing up. To DR, the story might be something like you remember when so and so who is an A list actor now got it on in the backseat of the car with so and so who is a Playboy model now. Different perspective. DR has mountains of gossip about Playboy and the girlfriends, but, I am still hoping for that Midsummer's Night Dream Party invitation. So, for now that gossip is off the table. Another interesting tidbit about native gossip is they don't usually gossip to others about their own. They will gossip like crazy about people who are not natives and also gossip amongst themselves about natives, but generally close ranks about all other stuff. In addition, when they do gossip, it is generally along the lines of so and so is so old and gross. They have twenty examples of why this is the case, but they rarely expand on that initial thought because everyone in their circle also knows the 20 reasons why so and so is old and gross. It is the rest of the world who is dying to know the why.

So with all these people that DR knows you would think that she could get lots of work. Who you know works well to the point of I will listen to what you have to say or your pitch or get you an audition, but it does not actually get you work. Hollywood is a business. Just like any other neighborhood friends, the people you grew up with will take care of you, but you still need to show them that you can do the job that you are wanting to do.

So, DR just got a national commercial and so will be making some money this month. The bad news is she is going to NYC for the production so won't get to see her for a few weeks. So for those of you who think that AP and I are an item, you are so wrong. Did I mention that DR is smoking hot? As for the SUV, my parents also complain about me having one when I am close enough to walk to work. i don't want to give it up though so contribute to a fund that determines how much in fossil fuels my SUV is using and converts it into a dollar amount for me to give.

27 comments:

SB said...

So reading all this leads me to a couple of comments: one, ENT, was that a rather roundabout way of saying that you're not going to have any BI's while DR is away? And two, I have recently read that many of those funds where you pay to alleviate your SUV guilt are actually scamming people. Maybe better to walk or drive a Prius?

JeeezeLouise said...

I don't know the price of gas in LA, but I paid $3.17 a gallon to fill up my Maxima in the IE yesterday. OUCH!

Pinky said...

Ditto Jeeze - 3.39 a gallon for Supreme (which is all my crappy Passat will take.)

This post confuses the hell outta me. What's the Stranger Danger and DR reference? Is EL saying he's dating DR? And lastly, long rambling windy post - Meth, is that you?

rakemama said...

Stranger Danger was what the kids called Dicky Roberts (DR) in the Dicky Roberts movie...but don't know why he calls his friend that 'cause I don't get the feeling she was a child star. Glad for him that she's smokin' hot though.

brendalove@gmail.com said...

*^%($%&%^#!!!!! - this blog is doomed. Doomed, I say!
ENT is scrogging the informant.

Pinky said...

Thanks, Rakemama!

As a BI, this is not so interesting. Me thinks EL's just bragging about his lady ;)

hez said...

Stand down from Defcon 5, brendalove.

There is no scrogging, shtupping or stoofing at present.

A woman knows.

brendalove@gmail.com said...

He's already as good as scrogged. He's scrogged in his heart!

Anonymous said...

Yawn...

Anonymous said...

the only DR i could find in the database was dhana rivera. yes I scanned them all. :(

Anonymous said...

but dhana rivera doesn't fit the description at all.

Anonymous said...

Carbon offsets? Are you serious ENT, You really believe those work?

If you send me $25 ill lease you the tree in my front yard.

Alex said...

If I didn't sense u liked girls, I'd say Gus Gustawes - now there's a producer who is smoking hot. But otherwise does not fit. Scanning Variety to find a femme.

Anonymous said...

I seriously belive that Ent is a gay female, and I love it! She has managed to fool us for quite a while now, but I am 100% certain of it after this post.
F.

Anonymous said...

I must defend EL's honor here.
Not that there is anything wrong with being a lesbian , most of my friends have tried it at least once.
But i dont think he is a she .
Maybe he is just trying to get us off the AP lead?

bionic bunny! said...

i did pick up on the dickie roberts/stranger danger thing.
was she maybe a producer on that movie? or a friend of david spade?

Four O'Clock said...

I agree about the funds being a scam. Does CA allow you to choose green energy for your home at a premium?? Perhaps that would be a better offset choice.

Anonymous said...

Wow EL, its always a bad idea to write an entry while high.

Anonymous said...

WTF? In English please?

Anonymous said...

Until they outlaw gas,SUVs or any
other things that are bad for the
environment,why wallow in guilt?

Either go green or don't.

I love you EL,but it's bullshit to
do a mea culpa over this.

Miss Helen Crump
Mayberry,NC

anti-solecism said...

Sorry for this obnoxious grammar policing, but it's been bothering me for "awhile":

"Everyday" is an adjective. (E.g. an everyday occurrence.)

"Every day" is an adverbial phrase. (E.g. making phone calls every day.)

Entertainment Lawyer has a tendency to use the former when he intends the latter, and it makes me want to pull my eyelashes out.

Anonymous said...

Please tell us the Girl Next Door gossip! You know you can't hold out :)

Anonymous said...

who the fuck cares, we all get the point. it's not your blog, it's his. we don't need you policing grammar, punctuation or comments. get over it

Anonymous said...

anon 1:36:
"If you send me $25 ill lease you the tree in my front yard."

that was so funny, i almosed pissed myself!!!

michele

Anonymous said...

anon 1:36:
"If you send me $25 ill lease you the tree in my front yard."

that was so funny, i almosed pissed myself!!!

michele

rachel said...

interesting little ramble Ent. I like getting a look at how your brain works, even if everyone seems to bitch about it ad nauseum. If you're implying that you're with or want to be w/ DR. Cool, as long as smoking hot also comes w/ smokin' hot personality, you'll have it made!
Initially I was gonna say good job for the money back for the SUV thing, but since I know nothing about that sort of thing and others are doggin' on it, perhaps there's a different way to go? I say, at least you're trying and keeping it all in mind.

Anonymous said...

not sure why, but I think the informant is Jennifer Love Hewitt