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According to Oprah, "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 that money to come.
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.
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This book is the culmination of over 10 years of experiences in Hollywood. The lessons learned were often painful and hard, but there was a lot of fun along the way, too. Interviewing others about their journey towards their dreams has been enlightening and comforting. My hope is that you will draw not only inspiration and encouragement for your dreams, but the perspective of knowing things have a way of working out when keep your head up and hold on to your sense of humor.
Thank you for taking this journey with me.
T. R. Locke
"There are people who put their dreams in a little box and say, 'Yes, I've got dreams, of course I've got dreams.' Then they put the box away and bring it out once in a while to look in it, and yep, they're still there. These are great dreams, but they never even get out of the box. It takes an uncommon amount of guts to put your dreams on the line. That's where courage comes in." ~Erma Bombeck
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