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Instant Millionaires: The Secrets of Overnight Success by Max Gunther

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8. The Business of Show Business

There is no shortage of instant success stories in the volatile world of entertainment. Every year, whole crops of new movie and television actors, singers, songwriters and other talented folk spring from obscurity to dazzling prominence. From baked beans in a tenement to dinner at Sardi’s: It’s a show-biz story repeated so often that it has become – well, let’s not mince words – boring.

Not many of us, in any case, feel we have the kind of specialized talent necessary for scoring a quick killing in Hollywood or Broadway or Nashville or any of those other strange places. To most of us, it wouldn’t be particularly instructive to read about a struggling young actor who, while slinging hash to pay his rent, was ...

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