Hollywood War Stories

How to Survive in the Trenches

Non-Fiction - Music/Entertainment
204 Pages
Reviewed on 11/12/2014
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Author Biography

Rick Friedberg is an award-winning writer/director of movies (Spy Hard), episodic TV (CSI-Miami), reality TV (The Real Housewives of Orange County), documentaries (Rodeo Cowboy), music videos (“Hot for Teacher”), and national and international TV commercials (shown during the Super Bowl, World Series, and NBA playoffs).

Coming from Cheyenne, Wyoming, author Rick Friedberg's experiences, told with candor and humor, encompass the do's and don’t of dealing with the frustrations, rejection and politics that can and must be overcome to forge a career in show business.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite

Those who are hell-bent on having a successful future in Hollywood's mad world better not head there without reading Hollywood War Stories by Rick Friedberg. In less than 200 pages and 33 chapters, which are actually "Rules" rather than chapters, Rick Friedberg shares what he and others have learned throughout years of directing movies, commercials, TV documentaries, music videos and more. And what he discloses will make you think twice and question whether you are really are made of the right stuff to survive the battlefield of Hollywood.

Rick Friedberg's conversational style makes Hollywood War Stories an easy read. Chapters are short and the point. There's no time wasted on fancy writing or unnecessary description. Friedberg cuts to the chase and delivers the facts: what to look out for and what you need to succeed. He alerts the wannabes to the fact that there are thousands like them in Hollywood, running around with scripts in their hands, trying to make contacts and trying to get to the person who's going to make them huge.

Hollywood War Stories will confirm what you've always suspected about show biz i.e. marriages are a business designed to keep the stars in fans' eyes; book your next job before the current project is finished - you're worth a lot while you're hot and a little when you're not; and you cannot succeed in Hollywood without passion, without seizing every opportunity that comes your way to prove you have what the person with the money is looking for.

Hollywood War Stories is generously peppered with the names of important people, movies and TV shows. There's no question in the reader's mind that Rick Friedberg knows what he is talking about. In short, if a future in Hollywood is calling you, don't leave home without your copy of Hollywood War Stories or you'll never get out of the trenches.