Monday, November 3, 2008

When Bad Ideas Happen to Good People

I'm afraid it's come to this. After 3 1/2 years of failure in Hollywood I've attempted the worst "Discover Me!!!" strategy in show business history. What I did Friday is so embarrassing, so absurd and so sad that I'm almost too ashamed to admit it. But the alternate topic (a musical number for High School Musical 4: I Flunked Calculus) was way more dull, so you're stuck with this.

Please do not laugh. Do not chortle, chuckle or giggle. I will neither accept a snicker nor a guffaw. Even a polite "tee hee" will be frowned upon.

"So what did Temp X do?" you ask. "Sleeping your way to the top isn't that bad. People do it all the time."

I should be so lucky. No, I...I used...Facebook. And here's how...

Armed with a list of major network development executives, I searched the social networking site to see which of them had Facebook pages. For each network suit that did, I would send them an invitation to be my "friend" with a note saying:
"Being a temp in Hollywood sucks. Read my blog and feel better about yourself."
You're thinking, "That's a terrible idea. What could you possibly thing this would lead to?"

In my own warped world I believed the following would happen:
  1. With their curiosity piqued, the network executive would accept online friendship from someone named Temp X and immediately begin reading my blog. (Perfectly logical so far, right?)
  2. Three hours and 74 postings later, the executive decides they love my material/voice/grammar so much that they must have me.
  3. In whirlwind of agents, lawyers, lunches at Nobu and nosey calls from Variety, I get signed to a seven-figure development deal.
  4. I have a show on the air by Fall 2009.
  5. I show off at my high school reunion (and hope they don't know another alum is making a movie with Spielberg).
I feel dirty. I've resorted to online telemarketing to get discovered. I'm Ron Popeil. I'm the person who wanders the Third Street Promenade with a clipboard asking you to join organizations that make Greenpeace look like Haliburton. This is the lowest point in my Hollywood "career."

My non-Hollywood friends often ask me how long until I give up on my show biz aspirations. Two years? Three years? I respond by saying I'm not setting a time frame, but I'll know when it's time to give up. I fear I've put the first nail in the coffin of my Hollywood adventure.

One a side note, I recently received the largest one-week paycheck since moving here. Net total...$599.41.


Anonymous said...

You should use this post for teaching interactive marketing! With your good look, sense of humor and charming voice - you would be #1 teacher!

Anonymous said...

It's not a BAD idea on its face, X. I do worry that the clueless, self-absorbed execs you describe (reading this comment now, maybe?) may not appreciate your irreverent tone (a tone I really appreciate, by the way). This idea may pan out. TH

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