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Anyone Who Wants To Succeed In Hollywood Needs To Know This by Gary W. Goldstein

Film Courage: Every creative person should
consider themselves primarily responsible for the success of their career? Is this true? Gary W. Goldstein: Is it an absolutely true
statement that every creative person needs to be that primarily responsible person who
stewards their own career, who is the architect. It’s great if you have others with their
oars in the water helping you. It’s great if you have an agent. It’s great if you have a manager, if you
have an attorney, if you have other people who are mentors or wear different hats in
your life who contribute strategy, time, effort, money, whatever all those things are. All contributions (smart and well-intended
contributions) are welcomed, of course. But the statement we hear so often from a
creative “If only I had an agent” is an unfortunate statement in my view. Because even when you have one, you are still
100% responsible. When I was a personal manager representing
primarily writers and directors (some actors), but when I was a literary manager my attitude
was first I had to deal with my writer. You work as hard at being a writer as I work
at being your representative and we’re going to get along great. But, (by the way) you’re still 100 percent
responsible for your career. And (by the way), so am I. I am 100 percent
responsible for your career. And when we get you an agent, the agent is
100 percent responsible for your career. Now we’ve got 300 percent. Sounds like THE PRODUCERS, but it’s true. I could never allow anyone to be even 1 percent
responsible or I wasn’t giving my all. So when they get an agent, when they get a
manager, when they get people who want to jump on board, that’s great. But it’s frosting, it’s not the cake. They have to be the one. Because at the end of the day it’s their
personality, it’s their talent, it’s their signature in the world that is going to win
the day. An agent can only open a door, make an introduction,
set the table. But the writer or the actor or whomever, has
to walk into the room (literally and metaphorically) and win the day. It has to be their vision, their voice, it
has to be their style, it has to be their personality and energy that seduces the Universe
into “Yeah! I want to play with you.” We’re going to make your dream come true
because what you bring with you, not because your agent said X or your manager did Y, that’s
not the truth. The truth is they just opened a door, which
by the way, you could have opened on your own had you understood that you could have
opened it on your own. But the talent can’t just be the talent. The talent has to understand (even if it’s
not about how many hours a day they invest on the business side of their life. It’s deeper than that. It’s an understanding that I am going to
will this into being. I am going to will people into my life who
want to help me. I am going to will new relationships into
my life. I am going to take action that pays dividends. Film Courage: So if you had a performer, writer
(what have you) in your [office] chair and they are sort of slumped down and saying to
you “You know, this just isn’t working. I have this agent and manager and they’re
not sending me out. Or they’re not whatever…It’s “THEY”
We’re putting the blame on THEY, the other person. What would you say to them? Gary W. Goldstein: Make them wrong! Show them how it gets done. You want to complain about your agent and
your manager not getting you auditions or whatever else it happens to be, great. Show them how to kick up some dust. Get yourself the audition. It’s not okay to sit home and complain. You know, the glass isn’t half empty, ever,
ever, ever, ever. We’re all allowed our moment. We’re allowed to have that one day or (preferably)
that one hour [to complain], right? Then you have to dust yourself off and say
success is about moving on with it. And if other people aren’t getting it done
for you, then you’ve got to motivate them. And the best way to motivate someone is to
show them what they’re not doing by doing it yourself. Question for the Viewers: What’s one thing
you did for your career today?


  1. Josh Hayslett Author

    Dear Film Courage spectators please critique my first short film, need additional feedback from others

  2. ipmala Author

    It's mostly LUCK….even for good actors. The SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Union has a 90% unemployment rate. Those who do find work…mostly work for SCALE—like for about $500/day. It's not much better for the writers, sound and lighting people, and other support staff. Only a few in Hollywood make the really BIG money. AGE and LOOKS play a big factor—-with most actors over 60 unable to find any work. The only exceptions would be people like Stallone, Arnold, Clint Eastwood, and just a few others. OLDER actors from the 70's, 80's, and 90's usually end up doing TV ads for drug companies, insurance companies, gold investments, reverse mortgages, etc.—because they can't find any acting work—not enough to pay the bills. It's worse for the women in Hollywood… when they get FAT and start to lose their LOOKS. Hollywood is a dirty business….movies and television both. And let the truth be told…*ALL of Hollywood is run by the JEWS….including the movie studios and the bankers who finance the movie productions—-and they give preference to their own people.* About 95% of all the people connected with Hollywood—actors, directors, writers, producers, sound engineers, etc…. are all JEWS….Liberal Democrat Jews.


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