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The Real, Low Down, Dirty Truth About Hollywood Agenting: The Day-to-Day Inner Workings of Hollywood from a Seasoned Talent Agent's Point of View [Paperback]

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Pages   183
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.45" Width: 6" Height: 9"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2007
Publisher   Quill Driver Books
ISBN  1884956696  
EAN  9781884956690  

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In this book you'll find everything you always wanted to know about the real, honest-to-not-so-goodness, day-to-day inner workings of Hollywood. Not the glamorous Oscar-winning-Spielberg-red-carpet Hollywood, but the real-life daily grind of working Hollywood. For the very first time, a Hollywood film agent has opened up her phone sheet and crackberry to show us how agents, writers, and directors function in a world of producers, development executives, and studio executives. This isn't another book dishing the dirt about the rich and famous; it's a fresh, tell-all translation from Hollywood-speak to plain English, a peek behind the wizard's curtain into a culture that's rarely captured without cliché and hyperbole. You'll learn how to get an agent, how to keep one, what they do, and what they don't do. You'll learn how agents navigate through the murky, film-world politics and even why agents are such infamous liars.

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A peek into the day to day inner workings of Hollywood. Everyone in Hollywood knows to make it, it takes an agent. Finally a book about agenting written by an agent.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Rima Greer began agenting in 1984 and built her client list, selling such projects as "Memphis Belle," "Highlander," "Backdraft" and "Milk Money." She was President of Literary from 1989 to 1994, when she started her own company, Above the Line Agency, established in September 1994. At Above the Line, Rima has been involved in studio projects like "Charlie's Angels" (Columbia) and "Timeline" (Paramount), and the upcoming "Nowhereland" (Paramount)..

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Quick Read and Informative  Jul 18, 2008
As the other reviews indicate, this book focuses primarily on the daily life of a literary film agent. For those looking for specific information on work in the television medium, or the acting side of things, it may be better to look elsewhere. Regardless, you can get a very good overview of the mindset of how most agents think, and if you can extract the bigger picture from Ms. Greer's experience and knowledge, then this book can be extremely valuable. I enjoyed it and it helped me understand some little nuances of the industry that I had only suspected.
For anyone with aspirations of Hollywood stardom  May 5, 2008
What do you call twelve Hollywood agents buried up to their necks in the sand? Not enough sand says "The Real, Low Down, Dirty Truth About Hollywood Agenting", which spells out every little dirty detail, secret, and scandal that so fuels Hollywood's existence. Well told by writer and Hollywood agent Rima Geer, she uses her nearly two decades of experience to show the reader how exactly they are to fight up into the Hollywood ranks and no matter how much you hate them, that you need an agent and you need to keep that agent. Highly recommended for anyone with aspirations of Hollywood stardom or for anyone who just wants to learn how the gears in the interesting clock of show business turn.
Secret agent's business  Apr 23, 2008
I've always liked books written by people in the trenches of the film industry rather than watching the battle from a safe vantage point. Art Linson's books on producing are great. Director Bruce Beresford's recent memoir - Josh Hartnett Definitely Wants To Do This - was so good I knocked it over in a day. Same with writer David Mamet's book, Bambi vs Godzilla. All offer different takes on the struggle to get a film on the big screen.

The person in the trenches I hadn't heard from until now was an agent. I picked this book up on the strength of seeing author Rima Greer's name in the trades quite a bit over the years. The book doesn't have as much personal anecdotal stuff as those I've already mentioned. Rima's deliberately vague about a lot of the incidents and examples she quotes as cautionary tales.

But she does offer a good account of what life as an agent is like in Hollywood. This book attempts to put a human face on the Hollywood agent - the kind of complex surgical procedure not seen since Face Off. There's a chapter on lying that could have been written by George Costanza. To her credit, Rima doesn't sugarcoat anything. Everyone will screw you over in Hollywood, and the best character reference you can expect is for the person who will do it the least number of times, and in the nicest possible way.

For new writers this book will be especially brutal. Which is exactly what is required. The all-time FAQ of FAQs - "How do I get an agent?" - is addressed, but don't expect to hear anything too encouraging. Truth is, there is no silver bullet for that particular monster.

Eh...  Apr 3, 2008
I wish I found this in a book store. It's one of those books you can flip through standing there and get everything you need from it in like twenty-minutes.
The title says it all!  Mar 27, 2008
You ever wanted to know about the ins and outs of Hollywood? I'm not talking about the gossip columns, but rather the process of getting an idea from your head to a script, then sent to an agent (if you can find one to read it), and then the years of development hell until the final product is released that resembles maybe 10% of the original idea (that is if the idea is bought in the first place). It may be all about who knows who, back-door deals, and just plain damn luck, but its all spelled out here by the author who's been there for over 25 years.

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