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The Secrets of Story by Matt Bird

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Chapter One

George Clooney and Me

The CAA agent was getting excited: “Great! Do you think you could make these changes in two weeks?”

“Of course!” I responded, trying to sound healthy. I was excited, too, but I was worried about whether I could pull this off without having to reveal my little secret.

After all, most of the people on this conference call didn’t know about my diagnosis.

A year earlier, I had graduated from Columbia University with an MFA in screenwriting. I had won some awards there, so I was part of a group that got flown to Los Angeles to meet with agents and managers. I wound up signing with a fantastic young go-getter who worked for one of the highest-profile managers in the country, and they both promised me big things.

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