Breaking into Hollywood

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Working for a maniac: A test of passion

I knew early on that I wanted a career in filmmaking. The trouble was I had absolutely no idea what to do about it. In the UK, unless you happen to be directly related to someone in the film business, […]

Dean Martin

How Dean Martin hooked me up in Hollywood

In 1991, at the age of 24, I moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in show business. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do but thought I’d get a great introduction and overview of the entertainment industry […]

Hills Have Eyes

Stop. Look. Listen!

A dog dish almost broke me… until I remembered advice about crossing the street. I had just graduated and landed a job at a below the line agency. I poured over the client list before I started. They repped legends […]

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Chugging Dom with Nick Nolte

I’ve read every book about making it in Hollywood. There was The Mailroom: Hollywood History from the Bottom Up by David Rensin, Where Did I Go Right? You’re No One in Hollywood Until Someone Wants You Dead by Bernie Brillstein and countless […]

Ben Stiller

That time I walked Ben Stiller to his meeting

I don’t really have a ton of celebrity stories. I’ve never quite been the starstruck type. Aside from the one time I got stuck in an elevator with Todd Phillips and made him chuckle. I don’t even care if it […]

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The awful intern

It’s difficult to admit when you’re awful at something. But wow — I was an awful intern. I didn’t realize it back in 2005, when I bussed twice a week from New Brunswick to Maxim Magazine, in a high-rise on […]

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