In 1970, there was no internet, cell phone, VCR, DVD player, or cable television. All of these things factor into the equation of making it in Hollywood today. Rather than listen to movie giants talk about how they made it thirty years ago, or what it's like working with big movie stars, HOW TO MAKE IT IN HOLLYWOOD BEFORE YOU MAKE IT is portrait of 10 emerging artists on the frontlines of Hollywood, running the gamut from actors, writers, producers, dancers, singers and songwriters, all at different stages in their careers - Just about to break out, maybe they just broke out, and hopefully they will break out. Lisa Heile has sung background with countless stars, yet she herself is not a star; Ken Cosby has a famous name, yet he has no fame; and after nine years of options, David L. Watts had his spec script MY GREATEST MISTAKE turned into a major Hollywood release, but when the movie came out, he did not receive a screenplay credit. A star in Hollywood is exactly that - a star. But ... Written by
Christopher C. Odom
Ten very real people share the triumphs and struggles to make it in this business called show business.
At first I thought this documentary might be a joke, or a tinsel town producers "How-To" guide, but instead, what I got was 10 very real people taken quite seriously.
They've all had some success but lots of struggles. It's more so geared toward the folks who just got of the bus, but it's also nice for people who've been out here awhile to know they are not alone in the struggle.
You can tell the filmmaker didn't have a lot of money, but both the picture and sound are ultra clean. Although there wasn't much B-Roll the filmmaker goes out of his way to use black and white, borders, film scratches, and titles over black to break up the interview footage and give it more zing and spice.
Any one of us could have been in this documentary. It's tasteful and well-done. Definitely worth a look.
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