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Understanding the Business of Entertainment by Gregory Bernstein

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Section 5Voices

I was once a film student hoping to break into the industry. Back then I would listen to seasoned pros tell their success stories and wonder what the point was—what did it matter how they got their start? Wasn’t everyone’s situation different? Could I really extrapolate from their past to inform my future?

It’s clear to me now that, while everyone’s path to success follows its own idiosyncratic course, there are some very valuable lessons to be learned from others. Not that those lessons are profoundly deep or revelatory, because they aren’t. The lessons are really quite obvious—hard work, knowledge, passion, perseverance and a thick skin are essential to success. I suppose it’s mainly a matter of degree. There’s hard work and ...

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