The Hollywood Assistants Handbook: 86 Rules for Aspiring Power Players

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It's the assistant, and here at last is the essential book for how to get a foot in the door and begin your exhilarating climb to Hollywood Power Player. The Hollywood Assistants Handbook is the ultimate insider's guide, packed with practical tips, unwritten rules (#37: Please don't touch the celebrities), quizzes, industry secrets, humor and advice ("Giveaways are never given. They're traded. Most likely for your soul…") All of it priceless ...

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Overview

It's the assistant, and here at last is the essential book for how to get a foot in the door and begin your exhilarating climb to Hollywood Power Player. The Hollywood Assistants Handbook is the ultimate insider's guide, packed with practical tips, unwritten rules (#37: Please don't touch the celebrities), quizzes, industry secrets, humor and advice ("Giveaways are never given. They're traded. Most likely for your soul…") All of it priceless knowledge for anyone who's ever dreamed of making it in la-la land.
Been there, done that, kept notes:
• Minimum-wage workplaces to put you in the path of HPPs
• Perfect that resume
• Homework: the must-see movies, the must-read books
• What to wear to your first interview
• Boss genres and personality types
• The 18 favorite insults
• How to roll calls
• Swag!
• To gift or not to gift: the holiday dilemma
• Why there is nothing better than interns
• The 20-10-10 trick to reading a screenplay
• Your very own entourage
• Appropriate company party behavior
• Fail up
• Knowing when to quit
• Rolodex management

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"As a former assistant myself, I know well the dirty little secret of Hollywood ... all knowledge resides with the Hollywood Power Player's assistants; they are the ones who know how to get things done. The only danger in reading this book is that if you become too good an assistant, your boss will never let you go on to bigger and better things. Read this book—it will tell you what to do!"
—Laura Ziskin, producer, Spiderman 1, 2, and 3
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761147466
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 631,369
  • Product dimensions: 4.94 (w) x 8.88 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Nowalk was born in New Jersey and is a graduate of Brown University. He worked as an assistant at an agency, production company, and major studio before becoming a writer. He resides in Los Angeles.

Hillary Stamm, raised in Seattle, Washington, is a graduate of Stanford University. She's worked for a bevy of production companies, as well as the chairman of a motion picture studio. She lives with her husband in Los Angeles and is working on her first novel.

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You and your best friend have just road tripped all the way from Ohio with the VW Jetta packed to the brim and visions of champagne and caviar dancing in your head. Your BFF Mandy is going to be an extra until someone notices she’s the next Rachel McAdams, while you’re going to be the next Scorsese and rock everyone with your brilliant art house film about female empowerment in a small Sudanese village.

Slow down. Before you swagger on stage to accept that Oscar, you’re going to want to brush up on what is known as the informational meeting. Yes, you’re going to want to call up every person you know in this town and set up a time to talk to them. That includes the line producer you met in the Coffee Bean, your uncle’s friend who edits trailers for all of Jerry Bruckheimer’s flicks, and that chick from high school who supposedly dated Jon Stewart.

It may not seem worthwhile right now, but these are the same people who may be able to recommend you for that dream job later. The more you learn about the various facets of the Biz by taking the time to meet FOFs (Friends of Friends) the better off you will be in the long run. Sure, Jason’s friend Cassy seems like a snot, but she works for the president of production at Buena Vista (that’s Disney, in case you didn’t know, sport). So ask her out for coffee already. You never know when that huge opportunity is right around the corner, and it’s hard to find the time if you’re too busy drafting your Best Director acceptance speech.

What do you do in the meeting? Ask questions. Lots and lots of questions, most of which should revolve around the person with whom you’re meeting. Everyone likes to talk about themselves, after all. You’ll get your chance one day.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Fade in
Take 1: Development
Take 2: Pre-production
Take 3: The shoot
Take 4: The release
Take 5: Awards season
That’s a wrap
Talk the talk: A glossary of Hollywood lingo
An interview with TV’s most famous assistant
Thanks
Author bios

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2008

    Not what you'd expect

    I thought this was going to be cheesy but it's actually very practical. It's funny and fast-paced and easy to read. Definitely the perfect graduation present, even if someone's going into other types of jobs. I kind of want to move to LA now.

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