On The Job In Hollywood

On The Job In Hollywood

I’m excited to be participating in the 6th Annual Lit Crawl L.A., a community partner of The Los Angeles Review of Books and the CicLAvia-Heart of LA annual all day event on October 6, 2019. I’ll be joining TV showrunner and author Bruce Ferber at the LA Central Public Library, meeting room B from 2:30 to 3:15 pm. We will be reading our essays from Bruce’s anthology, “The Way We Work: On The Job In Hollywood”, a collection of insightful stories from a diverse group of working professionals who span the Hollywood ecosystem.

On The Job In Hollywood

My essay, “Master Class On Mulberry Street” looks at how I landed my first job in the film business as the New York location script supervisor for Martin Scorsese’s seminal classic, “Mean Streets” while still a student at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Little did I suspect this small independent film would win the Palm D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, or be selected years later for preservation by the National Film Registry for the Library of Congress, or that the experience ultimately took me to Hollywood, where, unlikely as it seemed at the time, I would find my calling as a literary agent.
On The Job In Hollywood

On the set of Mean Streets

Here’s an audio clip of another recent reading I did from for Dynasty Typewriter’s Improv presentation of “On The Job In Hollywood” at Jenji Kohan’s historic Hayworth Theatre.

If you’re interested in reading more, On The Job In Hollywood is available to purchase on Amazon.

Nancy Nigrosh on the Going Gray in Tinseltown Podcast

I was recently featured on the Going Gray in Tinseltown podcast, in an episode called “Wabi-Sabi; Accepting Imperfection w Nancy Nigrosh.”

Artist Mandy May Cheetham interviewed me about the process of self-acceptance. We began by talking about my personal and professional history in Hollywood. Then we segued into present day experiences with questions about self-consciousness and how that awareness allows for self-discovery, an essential quality to propel a career in the arts, or fuel the art of living.

The Matilda Effect

Neutralizing the Matilda Effect: How Women Can Forge Successful Writing Careers


February 24, 2018
Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, DTLA Campus
261 S Figueroa St Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Designed for women creative writers and screenwriters with serious professional aspirations, this course unpacks strategies and solutions to counter the prevailing bias in favor of men’s innate ability to self-generate prominence, known as “the Matthew Effect.” When it comes to the fame game, most women are rookies and deeply influenced by the “Matilda Effect,” a term coined by sociologists to reflect inequity when it comes to getting or taking credit. In order to prepare you to compete in the professional writing arena, you need the proper equipment and training, including a strong belief system about having a writing career and a set of behaviors that can get you there, independent of natural talent. The course goal is for you to learn how to level the playing field by preparing yourself for the realities of the writing career game and engage in it actively, decisively, and successfully.

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Neutralizing the Matilda Effect: How Women Can Forge Successful Writing Careers


Creative Writing (Fiction & Special Topics)
Carla Janas
(310) 267-4888

Screenwriting (Onsite & Online)
Jeff Bonnett
(310) 206-1542


Bill Shakespeare: An Agent’s Dream Client

Many writers often mistake writing as a source of personal identity, instead of a job, a business or a product.

The original Greek dramatists celebrated the gods in their work, but they had no issue claiming ownership as authors. They were successfully self-promoting to the extent their work is still performed and still attracting profitable enterprise. If the Greeks are too distant a reference, let’s take a look at the king of all the writing gods: Bill Shakespeare.

He is unmistakably the consummate businessman who founded a repertory company, secured patrons, erected a theatre, and promoted its product while writing some of the world’s greatest plays as a line item alongside all the rest. He is the credited writer of over 1,000 screenplays. At this very moment films based on his work are being prepped, while countless theatrical productions of his work are being performed all over the world.