If you want to know how to make it Hollywood, you’re obviously not alone. It is easy to dream about becoming the next Hollywood hotshot. You get to town and everybody around you is doing amazing things. Typical conversations revolve around careers in entertainment:
“What do you do?”
“I’m a director.”
When I first moved to Los Angeles, I met these people a lot. We went to fancy cocktail parties, all of us wondering how to make it in Hollywood, posing as if we already had awesome careers. I naturally assumed that, like me, my creative colleagues went home and worked all night on their projects.
But as I am sure you can imagine, that wasn’t the case.
How To Make It In Hollywood
In the years since, I now realize Hollywood has a way of filtering out people who are not serious about the work. As I started getting more and more legitimate entertainment gigs, many of my dream-filled friends stopped dreaming and left Hollywood.
The reason for this is simple. I think many hopefuls discover a secret few are willing to share about Hollywood success. The idea you can somehow “make it in Hollywood” is totally flawed. It leads many hopefuls to believe that all you gotta do is win some sort of career lottery and you’re set for life.
This is not true. Your Hollywood success will be defined by your ability to churn out multiple projects over the course of your career. Heck, even my most successful friends still have to hustle.
The only way you can truly make it in Hollywood is by doing the work!
And then doing it again and again.
And this is good news. Thanks to technology like YouTube and inexpensive camera gear, there has never been a easier time to make, market and share your work with the world. You don’t have to ask for permission. In fact, you should NEVER ask for permission to be successful.
In terms of a real world example, you will have a hard time finding someone that works harder than indie film producer Tom Malloy. If you don’t know Tom, he is an actor and a filmmaker. But what makes him unique is his never ending hustle.
When he couldn’t get acting gigs, Tom Malloy simply decided to produce his own movies and then cast himself among other, more well known actors. His efforts paid off. To date he is responsible for raising over 25 million dollars to produce his movie projects!
Obviously I wanted to find out how to do what he does. So that’s why I was relentless in getting Tom to help me create the Film Finance Guide. And in the guide we actually role play what it is like to cold call and get a meeting with a prospective movie investor.
But my point is simple. If you want to find out how to make it in Hollywood, you really only have to follow three distinct laws.
- Create solid Hollywood relationships.
- Maintain a reputation for being trustworthy and reliable.
- Hone your ability for picking up the phone and cold calling.
Since Tom and I launched the Film Fiance Guide, many filmmakers have participated in the program. The positive feedback has been overwhelming. However, every so often I receive emails from Hollywood Hopefuls asking if Tom would simply provide them with his list of investors.
One woman in-particular asked me to find her an investor, and then pitch her movie idea for her.
I don’t need to tell you why this the the wrong approach. This woman is a Hollywood dreamer. She’s asking other people to do the work for her. And this is why Hollywood dreamers fail fast.
I’m not going to sugarcoat it. Getting a project off the ground is challenging. Maintaining Hollywood success is even more challenging. You face a lot of rejection. And nobody is going to do it for you.
Sooner or later, YOU will have to decide if doing the work is worth it for you. And doing the work is the real secret on how to make it in Hollywood!