Chapter 32

Industry Survival Tips




Since the last edition of this book came out, I’ve written another book called Hollywood Drive: What It Takes to Break In, Hang In & Make It in the Entertainment Industry, which was published in 2005. Based on the USC course I created and teach each summer, the entire book is devoted to breaking in, establishing a career and surviving in this incredibly competitive, unpredictable and roller coaster ride of a business. And now, while writing this chapter — at this exact period of time, industry jobs are at an all-time low due to a worldwide financial crisis and contentious union issues that have greatly affected the industry. Are films and television shows still being made? Of course they are. ...

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