Hairstylist Roxanne-Baker Sarver tells us that “People outside this business have no idea what my day consists of, no matter how many times I explain the hours or my schedule or how unglamorous it all is. “What do you mean you have to work on Tuesday? Don’t they know it’s Passover?” “What on earth could you be doing till 11:00 at night?”
Script Supervisor Catherine Cobb recounts her work on a horror film that involved shooting for seven straight days in the snow. “I’ve never been so cold and tired in my life.”
Part of Animal Trainer Cathy Pittman’s job was to release flies on James Woods while he was sitting on the toilet.
Talk about needing a nap…
Read all about the sleep-deprived lives of Hollywood professionals in the new anthology, THE WAY WE WORK: ON THE JOB IN HOLLYWOOD
Despite increasing corporate mergers and bottom-line thinking, the entertainment business will never function like a bank or an insurance company because it is an industry rooted in imagination. Rules are meant to be broken. The best work is often produced in an environment where plans change by the minute and nothing seems to make sense. To wit, those who choose this profession must alter preconceived notions of work itself, sometimes discovering that fantasy and horror describe both movie genres and life on the job. The phenomenon crosses class lines: From the writers, directors, and producers to the lawyers, agents, studio executives, and crew and right down to the porta-potty suppliers.
The Way We Work: On the Job in Hollywood provides a window into the skill sets and the insanity that make movies and television tick. Essays by award-winning writers, directors, and producers chronicle the process and the obstacles facing those at the top of the creative food chain. Oral histories from executives to “below-the-line” workers describe life in the trenches, which often present as Stud’s Terkel’s Working–on acid.
In the coming weeks, we’ll be profiling our talented contributors, keeping you posted on the pub date (tentatively, July 9), and giving you the scoop on the exciting book events we have planned.