Friday, March 30, 2012

Hollywood Game Plan by Carole M. Kirschner

As a former agency assistant-turned freelance script reader, I was impressed with Carole M. Kirschner's advice in Hollywood Game Plan. She explores a lot of topics not covered in other industry or screenwriting books: the awkward-but-necessary practice of networking, finding a mentor, finding a job, taking a meeting, etc. I am constantly getting emails about these topics - so readers, take note! This book is best for college students, current interns, or people who are looking to get that first internship or assistant job.

One thing I disagree with is Kirschner's notion that you can
get a reader job by calling, and that "being a reader is one of the 'easiest' ways to get into the business." All readers I know got experience reading for free via an assistant job (or at LEAST an internship). Why would a company want to pay for the opinion of someone with no experience?

The book is straightforward and easy to digest, and her exercises will prove valuable for job seekers and new assistants. I also thought that her quotes from current assistants, executives, etc. gave the book a fresh perspective. The advice is generally not outdated, as I thought it might be - and she offers tangible steps to take in your journey. Kirschner helps readers to understand that breaking into Hollywood is not easy, but still possible.

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