How Not to
Succeed in Hollywood


A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Unless you want to be an actress, in which case you should probably start logging your mileage and tracking the shortest routes, ASAP.  Regardless, life is all about the experiences we're not too afraid to pursue along the way.

It's cute to tell others that we want to be actresses when we're five.  But, for some reason, when that goal remains the same up until our mid-twenties, we're thought to be out of touch with reality.  Some memories fall into our laps while we sit back and allow others to drive.  Others are made when we take the wheel and head towards the  destinations we refuse to miss.

HOW NOT TO SUCCEED IN HOLLYWOOD  Puts a Spotlight on an Unconventional Approach to Following a Dream   In HOW NOT TO SUCCEED IN HOLLYWOOD, I try to offer 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. I 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.  This 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 experiences. 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. I'm not afraid of failure, I'm afraid of never having tried.  We're all human, and sometimes all you can do is laugh. So set a goal, and break a leg.

  About Author Marissa Thomas 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.   

HOW NOT TO SUCCEED IN HOLLYWOOD 436 pages Softcover, $15.99; ISBN-13: 978-0692924426; ISBN-10:0692924426 E-book, $6.99 Publication date: July 2017  

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