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What I Wish I Knew Before I Moved to Hollywood (2nd Edition) [Kindle Edition]

T. R. Locke
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"Extremely entertaining and honest."--J. Herman

According to Oprah Winfrey, "If you follow your bliss (what makes you happy), the money will come." Joseph Campbell and dozens of motivational speakers agree. That may be true, but what they don't tell you is how long it may take for the money to come.

"Laugh out loud funny. It kept me turning pages."--T. Proctor, Producer

T. R. Locke abandoned dreams of being a writer and an actor in exchange for a comfortable life in suburban Chicago as a college administrator and real estate investor. Success didn't make him happy though, it left him bored. So Locke took a chance on his old dream, wrote a screenplay and sent it to Hollywood. To his surprise, he made the semi-finals of a screenwriting contest developed by Stephen Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment. Soon Locke was flying out to L. A., having meetings with literary agents and producers, hobnobbing with movie and music stars and anticipating an exciting future following his bliss. Two years later he was broke.

That's when the real WORK of following his dreams began.

"Should be required reading for every performing arts program in the country."--Book Maven Reviews

People believe Hollywood is just a world of pampered movie stars and moguls making million-dollar movies. We've seen the fictional life on Entourage. Every year more than 111,000 talented (and not so talented) artists move to Los Angeles to pursue dreams in movies and music. But did you know that every year about the same number leave? Why? Because on the way to the dream, most spend years as an unknown actor, writer, assistant, singer, dancer, or apprentice doing hard work that isn't very glamorous.

Movie star Samuel L. Jackson's first movie was in 1972--the same year Al Pacino made The Godfather. Though Pacino rocketed to fame four years after his first TV appearance in 1968, Jackson's journey took another 22 years before he became widely known.

Confucius said, "Do work you love and you will never work another day in your life." But he also said, "It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop."

"The book isn't intended to stop people from following their bliss, but it is intended as a wake-up call... If these stories don't scare you off, you may well have what it takes to survive and even prosper there." -Scriptwriting Secrets

What I Wish I Knew Before I Moved to Hollywood is based not only on Locke's own hilarious, rollercoaster experiences in Hollywood as a screenwriter and actor, but the experiences of more than a dozen other artists--from Grammy-nominated singers, to screenwriters, staffers, film and TV executives, festival-winning directors, Emmy-winning filmmakers, platinum-selling record producers and award-winning movie and TV stars. The insights they share will inspire and entertain you whether your dreams lead to Hollywood or your own Hometown.

"I LOVED this book! His insider views on the norms of the Hollywood culture are extremely helpful for those whose bliss leads them there, but the information is packaged in such an intriguing and at times hysterically funny way, that it is a pleasure to read for anyone."--Tiffany Craig, Therapist, Amazon Review

About the Author

T.R. Locke is a critically acclaimed, best-selling author, screenwriter, humorist and former stage and commercial actor. He has ghostwritten over a dozen books. He writes an authoritative blog for artists about the entertainment business at TRLocke.com. His work has been featured on TV, radio, in national magazines and across the web. He has lectured at the prestigious Northwestern University Graduate School of Journalism and other colleges and universities. He is a highly sought-after speaker for writing groups, acting groups, film festivals, and colleges in Hollywood and across the nation. He speaks to artists and others on the subjects of Understanding the Business of Hollywood (Show & Business), Turning Pro as an Artist, Creative Freedom, Preserving Your Artistic Soul, Artist Branding and Marketing, Artistic Discipline and other topics that empower artists.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 594 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0981898343
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Media City Publishers; 2 edition (7 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BQSGK4U
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Witty and Entertaining 13 Nov 2013
By Anari
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
What I wish I knew before I moved to Hollywood is a witty and entertaining tale into the horrors of starting afresh in the movie business. The author is upbeat, but tells a realistic tale of just how hard it is to get anything done in the film industry and the incredible amount of time you can spend, simply having your time wasted.

Ego is everything here and 'frontin' the norm, but how exactly do you go about trying to succeed in the land of the big boys? From getting an agent, to getting a lawyer, from getting noticed to trying to afford somewhere to live, T.R. Locke has it covered.

You don't have to be itching for a move to Hollywood to enjoy this book. If you have aspirations and dreams, this is for you. It's how you can succeed in the face of adversity. You'd better be tenacious and look under ever single stone you come across, but T.R. Locke portrays a vibrant and colorful look into Los Angeles' entertainment industry.

The truth is harsh, but you're always better off armed and prepared! The 'Lesson Learned' sections at the rear of each chapter make for insightful reading.

My Verdict: An inspiring, 5 star romp through Hollywood!
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4.0 out of 5 stars What I Wish I Knew ... 6 Jun 2013
By BigAl
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What I Wish I Knew ... works on at least three different levels. The obvious is for someone who wants to follow in Locke's footsteps and take a shot at their Hollywood dream. Whether that dream is acting and writing screenplays, as it was for him, or something else, you should find plenty here to give you a reality check. As Locke says more than once, his goal isn't to crush your dreams, but to paint a realistic picture of what to expect. That way you can go in with eyes wide open rather than learning the lessons the hard way, as he did. The book is arranged into two sections. The first, the "WIK" section, starts with a quick summary of Locke's life until he arrived in California, followed by a series of stories about his experiences to demonstrate the lessons he's learned and wished he'd known going into the experience. The second part consists of interviews with others to tease out additional lessons pertinent to those hoping to fill different roles than those Locke was aiming for.

On another level, WIWIK is a humorous and entertaining read for those who like memoirs in general, especially if you like reading about the life and experiences of a relatively normal person living a life that is not at all like your own.

The third way to approach WIWIK as a reader is for anyone who wants to "follow their bliss," as Locke describes it, quoting Oprah Winfrey. Many of the lessons and insights Locke has had in his quest to make it in Hollywood translate well to other fields. Many of those who read my reviews are authors. As I was reading about Locke's experiences I kept thinking, "that applies to an author, too." For example, how many times have you authors read a variation on, "for most people this is a marathon not a sprint"?
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5.0 out of 5 stars An unusual book which I thoroughly enjoyed 27 May 2013
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A fascinating insight into the world of film making in Hollywood. I thoroughly enjoyed this autobiography. Anyone thinking of involving themselves in the film industry should read this book first - they may change their mind!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I read it. 13 Nov 2013
By Todd Thiede - Published on Amazon.com
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As an author with a murder mystery out that has drawn some Hollywood attention as of late, I felt the need to pick up this book. I'm so glad I did. I had every intention of moving to Hollywood if my book got picked up for a movie. Now, I'm not so sure on that. This book was enlightening and funny at the same time. Thanks for writing this and for helping all of us wanna be Hollywood people.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty and Entertaining 13 Nov 2013
By Anari - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
What I wish I knew before I moved to Hollywood is a witty and entertaining tale into the horrors of starting afresh in the movie business. The author is upbeat, but tells a realistic tale of just how hard it is to get anything done in the film industry and the incredible amount of time you can spend, simply having your time wasted.

Ego is everything here and 'frontin' the norm, but how exactly do you go about trying to succeed in the land of the big boys? From getting an agent, to getting a lawyer, from getting noticed to trying to afford somewhere to live, T.R. Locke has it covered.

You don't have to be itching for a move to Hollywood to enjoy this book. If you have aspirations and dreams, this is for you. It's how you can succeed in the face of adversity. You'd better be tenacious and look under ever single stone you come across, but T.R. Locke portrays a vibrant and colorful look into Los Angeles' entertainment industry.

The truth is harsh, but you're always better off armed and prepared! The 'Lesson Learned' sections at the rear of each chapter make for insightful reading.

My Verdict: An inspiring, 5 star romp through Hollywood!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fun read 17 Jan 2014
By Dutch - Published on Amazon.com
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A well written book with good insights about Hollywood and how to be successful there. Definitely worth reading for those interested in the business.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you for writing this book! 28 April 2014
By Mrs. Sally A. Haas - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a stand up comedian from Chicago and have been in the business for 25 years. I opted not to try to pursue my career in Hollywood because I wanted my children to grow up in the Midwest. You answered a lot of questions of "What might have been" and frankly it is a real eye opener. Loved the book and I am telling other comedians about it. Ironically, my own comedic son moved to LA two years ago after college to pursue a writing career.

Thank you again!
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4.0 out of 5 stars IABookReviews.com gave this a 8.0/10.0! 22 Nov 2013
By Brandon - Published on Amazon.com
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Rating: 8.0/10.0

Review: I found this book to be inspiring. Knowing that Hollywood, in the entertainment industry, can be a cruel witch is not only entertaining, but it's true. I loved how the author told the story and I especially loved how the story explained everything. I'd recommend this to anyone who likes memoirs.

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