Welcome to the Hollywoodland Podcast.
This podcast is about the film and television business for those that are in it or have a desire to be in it.
So many people only think of our business in terms of stars. And yes, stars are a large part of what drives the market.
Because in the end, show-business is a business. Without the success of making money just like any other business, it could not survive.
And like most other businesses, our business involves many hard-working people and many different components that most people never think of as they watch the final product on the screen.
From the transportation department, set builders, grips, costume designers, hair and make-up professionals, camera professionals, the list goes on and on. It provides tons of very good-paying jobs.
But more than just well-paid workers, it involves a lot of dedication and hard work to create the stories that move us and entertain so that we can take a break from the real world.
From the first moment that the words are put down on a page, to the casting director that works to provide the right people to make it come alive. The director who inspires the perfect performance, to the editor who delivers the ideal cut. It is the culmination of so many people with all the same goal.
Telling The Hollywood Stories Behind The Stories
That is what our aim is with the Hollywoodland Podcast. To delve into the stories of those that strive to deliver the final story to the world.
Actors, writers, directors, casting directors, producers, financiers, studio personnel, filmmakers, these are the people that we will talk to so we can bring you a view from the inside.
Why am I embarking on this endeavor of The Hollywoodland Podcast?
On A Personal Note
The first time I was on a real motion picture set was one of the most incredible days of my life. No, it was not about the stars, although there were plenty.
Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sara Jessica Parker, Bill Murray, Patricia Arquette, along with many other talented actors.
It was about the work, the magic of the creative process. It was about so many, many people working hard, coming together to create something special.
I could not soak in enough. I watched everyone and everything that was being done. The lighting department, camera people, interaction of actor and director, so many things that day intrigued me — a variety of people from all different backgrounds coming together and focusing on one objective.
It was about putting all that creative energy together to tell a story. Sometimes these stories make us laugh, and sometimes they make us cry. But when it is done well, it will always move us.
Love Of The Creative Process.
It is this love of the creative process that has changed my life. It is this love of that creative process that has moved me to create this podcast.
I have been an entrepreneur my entire life. Sometimes in the creative fields producing radio and TV commercials, sometimes not, in the catering and real estate business.
There have been significant setbacks, such as was the case when I had to deal with my father’s cancer diagnosis. In life, I have learned, though, that it is not about how many times you get knocked down, but that you keep getting back up.
Of course, even with tenacity, there are no guarantees that you will get to where you are trying to go. Time and unseen occurrences can befall us all. Life, though, is best when you maintain a positive attitude and reach for worthy goals.
One other thing is for sure also. If you have it in you, there is nothing that gives you greater satisfaction than being part of a team that creates. That makes something that lives forever.
That can take the words on a page and bring them to life in a way that brings entertainment to others.
With all the bad that you can hear about “Hollywood,” I believe it is an important industry, both economically and culturally, that is filled with so many great people that do it for the love of the work. The work of creating.
For those that also love the creative art of film and television, join me in what I believe to be this worthy goal. Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, this blog, and eventually, our podcast. If you ever have any comments or ideas, feel free to shoot me an email.