Wanna Try Your Hand at Show Business? Get Some Tips from Hire Me, Hollywood!
08.19.11 by reelz
The writers of Hire Me, Hollywood!: Your Behind-the-Scenes Guide to the Most Exciting—and Unexpected—Jobs in Show Business know that there's no one way to make it in Hollywood. There are a multitude of diverse jobs in the movie and television industry, and authors Mark Scherzer and Keith Fenimore reveal some of them to readers and tell the stories of individuals who have found success in their career fields.
The success stories included in the book come from such wide-ranging talents as comic book legend Stan Lee, True Blood actor Sam Trammell, movie critic Leonard Maltin, Regis and Kelly producer Michael Gelman, as well as a stunt woman, a puppeteer, a costume supervisor, and many more.
One thing we learned from this book is that Stan Lee considers himself a hustler.
Please state your name and explain what you do for a living.
Well, my name is Stan Lee, and I'm kind of a hustler. (Laughs.) I do whatever I can to make a buck. I recently formed a new company called POW! (Purveyors of Wonder) Entertainment and we attempt to make movies and television shows.
Let's dive in with a little bit of the background. When did the light bulb go off where you realized you wanted to pursue a job in entertainment?
Well, I don't ever think that a light bulb went off where I said "Entertainment is for me." I wanted to be a lot of things. When I was young I did well in school at composition, so I figured, "Gee, maybe I ought to become a writer." I remember when I was twelve years old I was the biggest phony in the world because I would walk around with a little briefcase hoping it would make me look like a writer. I also thought I'd like to be an actor. I was a big fan of Errol Flynn, and I thought, "Gee, it must be great to play all those roles." Then I wanted to be an advertising man as I got a little older because I loved ads. I would read a magazine and spend more time reading the ads than reading what the actual magazine was about.
Hire Me, Hollywood is available at booksellers nationwide.