Hollywood Drive: What it Takes to Break in, Hang in & Make it in the Entertainment Industry is the essential guide to starting and succeeding at a career in film and TV. The completely updated second edition features new interviews with industry professionals, information about the changing social media landscape, the wide array of distribution platforms that are available to aspiring filmmakers, and much more. Honthaner's invaluable experience and advice give those attempting to enter and become successful in the entertainment industry the edge they need to stand out among the intense competition.

Hollywood Drive explores the realities of the industry: various career options, effective job search strategies, how to write an effective cover letter and resume, what to expect on your first job, the significance of networking and building solid industry relationships, how a project is sold, and how a production office and set operate. You'll learn how to define your goals and make a plan to achieve them, how to survive the tough times, how to deal with big egos and bad tempers, and how to put your passion to work for you. Although no book or class can totally prepare you for a career in the entertainment industry, Hollywood Drive offers insights, direction, and a sense of confidence.

chapter |7 pages


chapter 1|12 pages

Fade in On Reality

chapter 2|14 pages

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

chapter 3|9 pages

Preliminary Essentials

chapter 4|13 pages

Key Ingredients to a Successful Career

chapter 5|29 pages

Career Options

chapter 6|23 pages

Some Other Interesting Choices

chapter 7|12 pages

Making it On Your Own

chapter 8|9 pages

The Ever-Changing Landscape

chapter 10|22 pages

Starting Out

chapter 11|16 pages

Shameless Self-Promotion

Becoming Your Own Marketing Manager

chapter 12|11 pages

Job Search Strategies

chapter 13|20 pages

The Resume and Cover Letter

chapter 14|25 pages

Interviews and Meetings

chapter 15|19 pages

No One Ever Said it Would Be Easy!

What You Can Expect Once You Land Your First Job

chapter 16|16 pages

Networking and Schmooching

chapter 17|15 pages

Getting Through the Next Door

chapter 18|18 pages

Pitching and Selling

chapter 19|21 pages

Reel Production

chapter 20|19 pages

You’re Not in Film School Anymore, Toto

chapter 21|21 pages

Show Biz Survival Techniques

chapter 22|14 pages

A More Level Playing Field

chapter 23|11 pages

Advice From the Experts

chapter 24|9 pages


chapter 25|4 pages

A Recipe for Success

chapter |9 pages