What do you want to be when you grow up? A lawyer? A doctor? One of those, I drive to and from work in the height of rush hour, work on a computer, answer the phone, and send memos, but can’t really explain to anyone around me the significance of what I specifically contribute to the company, so I’ll just be content with my paycheck anyway? This question had a big effect on me when it came time to pick a college and pursue a career.
Throughout high school and college, I always loved movies. I thought it was amazing that actors got to live bits and pieces of a thousand different lives, not having to settle on just one. When I grew up, I wanted to be an actress. This was solidified by small appearances in school performances, and acting classes offered around my hometown of Minneapolis, MN.
While surviving my first taste of real life, I built an amateur acting resume, and obtained a cosmetology license. And, I knew it was time to head to the West Coast. How Not to Succeed in Hollywood is a comedic accumulation of my experiences trying to become a professional actress. The main character, Lisa, is learning some good, some bad, and some extremely ugly life experiences. But, her best friend Mike is right there for her, helping her find the humor in life, keeping her from going crazy and giving up.
If you or anyone else, wanting to become an actor or not, finds inspiration in my story, that’s a great thing. But, deeper meaning or not, if you can have a good laugh at my story, then I am succeeding.
Set a goal, and break a leg!
About the Author
Marissa Thomas left her home in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to pursue her dream of acting in Hollywood. Without industry contacts, she had to educate herself about the business. In How Not to Succeed in Hollywood, Marissa shares her experiences, both good and bad.
In addition to writing, Marissa is a licensed hair stylist. She also enjoys painting and produced the artwork for the cover of How Not to Succeed in Hollywood.
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Title: HOW NOT TO SUCCEED IN HOLLYWOOD
Author: Marissa Thompson
Author: Marissa Thompson
In HOW NOT TO SUCCEED IN HOLLYWOOD, Marissa Thomas offers readers an inside view of one young woman’s journey to fulfill her dream of becoming an actor. The personal and humorous story of Lisa reveals the often difficult and inspiring process of navigating the entertainment industry.
The acting bug bit Lisa during her first elementary school talent show. After receiving positive reviews for her performance from her fellow students and impressed parents alike, Lisa basked in the high she felt from being on stage. She ventured further into the acting world as a teenager when she enrolled in a twelve-week acting program. Although plagued with some doubt about her potential to become an actor, the experience reignited the spark that had originally lead her down the road of performance.
HOW NOT TO SUCCEED IN HOLLYWOOD follows the staggered path that Lisa took on her journey to achieve her acting dream. Her love for acting expanded when Lisa entered college and began auditioning for plays produced by the theater department. Reassured by the exhilaration she felt while acting, Lisa made the decision to leave her home and move to Hollywood to pursue her passion, but first she had to tie up a few loose ends. After a whirlwind romance with a fellow student, Lisa found herself moving into her own apartment while juggling school and work, as well as taking the steps to fill out her acting resume. A car accident that resulted in serious physical injuries led to a slowdown in her momentum. However, Lisa’s best friend, Mike, who already had a solid plan to move to Hollywood, gave her the encouragement she needed to overcome multiple obstacles so that she could move forward with her goal.
Marissa wrote HOW NOT TO SUCCEED IN HOLLYWOOD to give “anyone curious about Hollywood culture another point of view from someone coming from a completely different world, aka the Midwest, taking the plunge, and immersing herself in a new life.” Marissa says the book is “the story of my life. I can’t tell anyone any surefire methods of getting cast for your dream project. I’m just sharing my life experience. Anyone with a relentless dream has to find sanity in the limbo between a self-motivated fantasy career and the harshness of having to survive real life in the process. We’re all human, and sometimes all you can do is laugh. Set a goal, and break a leg.”