Written by a Hollywood insider, Honthaner’s invaluable experience and advice will give those attempting to enter and become successful in the entertainment industry the edge they need to stand out among the intense competition. While film school prepares students to write a script, direct a scene and operate a camera, few newcomers enter the job market understanding how this business truly works and how to land a first jobmuch less succeed in the industry.
Hollywood Drive is not merely about what it takes to get your foot in the door. It offers the tools, attitude, philosophy and road map you’ll need to give yourself a good fighting chance at success whether you’re looking for your very first job or for a strategy to move your career to the next level. This book explores the realities of the industry: various career options, effective job search strategies, how to write an effective cover letter and resume, what to expect on your first job, the significance of networking and building solid industry relationships, how a project is sold, and how a reel production office and set operate. You’ll learn how to define your goals and make a plan to achieve them, how to survive the tough times, how to deal with big egos and bad tempers, and how to put your passion to work for you.
Eve Honthaner has worked in the entertainment industry for over twenty years, at companies such as Orion Pictures, DreamWorks, 20th Century-Fox, Disney and New Regency. Some of her film credits include Titanic, Just Married, Joy Ride and In Dreams. She teaches at USC’s Summer Program and is an instructor at The International Film & TV Workshops in Rockport, Maine and the author of the best-selling The Complete Film Production Handbook.