Don’t blindly trust the media. I just spoke with some
one yesterday who asked me in all seriousness, if a certain
celebrity I work with was alright. They had heard in the news
that he had disappeared or had been kidnapped or something of
that sort. Utter nonsense. I told them that some celebrities
actually create rumors just to keep the publicity machine going.
My advice is, even considering the source, don’t take any
thing for face value and as the truth in the entertainment
industry. Unless you are there to witness it with your own eyes,
there are always two sides to every story, and sometimes, the
stories are just blatantly wrong in every regard.
Expect people to lie about you and try to destroy you. If you work in the entertainment industry, eventually, if you are successful enough, you will inevitably encounter people who will try to break you or drag you down to their level. Remember the game king of the hill? Hollywood is like that, on a massive career long level, and many at the bottom of that hill do not play fair. They may swing, punch, hit, kick, spit, or call you names. Be ready to fight back, and keep your head above water to maintain your ground and go higher. Those at the bottom may not even want at the top, or they secretly do, but they know they don’t have what it takes to get to the top, so their only objective is to try to pull you down. Do not let them affect you.
Show appreciation for every one who helps you along the way. I know of a recording artist who had a history of using people to get a deal, and then dumping them, even if it meant violating contracts. He recently did that to the wrong person, an agent I know. That agent made one call to one of his high powered attorney’s on retainer, and with that one phone call, cost that musician thousands of dollars in legal fees to try and defend himself from a lawsuit. Don’t screw over your agent or manager. It will come back on you. Be nice to every one. As the cliché goes, even that waiter or waitress may end up being a big director or producer years from now that you want to work with. Hollywood is a small town, and people in this business may never remember if you do them right. They will however always remember if you do them wrong. Make friends not enemies, and get favors owed to you. Don’t cash in the favor card unless you absolutely need to. More on this in a future issue.
© 2009, The Hollywood Sentinel / Bruce Edwin.