Showing posts with label fake it to make it. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fake it to make it. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Contribute To Your Empty IMDb Profile


For those who actually care about breaking into Hollywood, there is proof of this extra effort on their IMDb profile. A lot of Hollywood dreamers enjoy talking a big game to get attention. They post pictures on the red carpet, mention reading scripts on their phones, and share that they are under NDA for television shows they are on. They put "Public Figure" in their social media profile. These are big talkers with empty results. 

We don't need a scroll of roles, jobs and past projects to show we care about our Hollywood dream. I've encountered so many Hollywood people who haven't done the backend work to promote their skills. IMDb is the internet destination to locate all things related to movies. If you have the paid IMDd Pro edition, you can track down contact information to almost any entity in the industry. 

IMDd allows contributors to add information to profiles. In a way, they operate on a similar model to WikiPedia. However, IMDb is focused on maintaining a movie database with in-depth material. 

The problem with gloaters trying to impress people is that many of them have blank IMDb profiles. Unless someone added them to a production, they have no bio written, no trivia, no other works, no birthdates, no height, no quotes and anything else.

If the Hollywood dream is so important, why is this industry profile unfinished? People like to talk about how great they are, how smart everyone thinks they are. It can be an ego problem, where they love listening to themselves speak highly of themselves and are lazy to do the basic steps. In other cases, there are some people who do not take their dream serious to invest an hour into contributing content to their profile. Lastly, there are some newcomers who have little knowledge of IMDb to build out their profile. 

Expecting a million dollar dream to come true purely on luck is like riding a wave to your favorite dream destinations. Meeting industry people without having anything substantial to show them is another problem. Being prepared at moment's notice can increase your opportunities. Downplaying your value--humbling yourself--can show people you are easy to work with and there won't be a lot of pushing and shoving. 

Making your IMDb profile sizzle is the basic requirement in Hollywood. Leaving this profile blank is proof that you don't want your dream bad enough. Some social media personalities enjoy sharing the highlight reels and leaving out the tedious steps. Rushing results for instant gratification, acknowledgement and self-value can put Hollywood out of reach. 

Just do yourself a favor and contribute to your IMDd profile.

Happy Screenwriting! 


Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Hollywood, We Have A Problem

The lower echelon of Hollywood are faking it to make it. These performers post images and write captions on their social media accounts to imply they are famous/public figures. They talk about their dreams as if they have already made them come true. Their unappealing IMDb credits are propped up as star vehicles on the red carpets. There has been a surge of promotional media articles shining a big spotlight on unknown actors, especially during the pandemic. Hollywood, we have a problem... 

Media authors are failing to fact check their interview subjects. They portray unaccomplished actors/actresses as A-list stars. Many background actors who have no dialogue in films are being given credit as top billed cast members. These articles describe the actors/actresses using superlatives to over inflate their value in Hollywood. It is like watching infomercials selling generic products. 

God forbid these media writers would actually do their research before interviewing these aspiring performers. The articles are sickening to read because the media writers lack the understanding to honestly promote talents and performers. They bend the truth to attract readers, telling white lies to boost movie extras into Hollywood superstars. At the end of the day, the performers are sharing these articles to elevate their confidence and get attention. Unfortunately, the need to be a good person represents a mask that clearly hides deeper challenges of low self-value and vulnerabilities. 

Nevertheless, the articles on steroids distract aspiring Hollywood actors/actresses from working harder to land roles in popular films. Why invest time and energy into your craft if getting attention matters most? Somehow, constructive criticism and opinions are viewed as hating on their success. Despite desperate followers leaving over-the-top comments to send their ego soaring into the clouds, they spend little time doing introspection to grow thicker skin and withstand the potential trials and tribulations of Hollywood.   

Taking the difficult steps to struggle is what dreams are about. Becoming humble to downplay self-importance keeps Hollywood actors/actresses honest. Just imagine attention-seeking people who need media coverage about their so-called success to share with their fans. They enjoy the highlight reels that give them temporary satisfaction. If these Hollywood dreamers refuse to tell the truth about their Hollywood status, writers must maintain integrity in their promotional pieces. 

Dear media writers, do some research on your interview subjects. Review the films and the backgrounds of these actors/actresses. Stop making unknowns appear as famous Hollywood personalities. You are hurting the future of these performers. When you put them on pedestals for what they haven't accomplished yet, you influence their dreams and goals. Instead of encouraging them to work harder, they are fixated on bathing in all the attention. 

If your media articles were covering baseball players, many of your interview subjects are batting .120 and hitting 3 home runs in a season off the bench for a minor league team. Hollywood credits are comparable to sports statistics: They tell the true story of success.    

Faking it to make it is a trap. Media writers who regurgitate articles already posted on these unaccomplished actors/actresses are flooding the search engines with low-quality content. Check out the feature and short films you are using as examples to describe the so-called public figures making waves in Hollywood. 

Hollywood, we have a serious problem. Media writers and social media platforms are contributing to the fake famous movement. Public figures are almost everywhere on social media. It is not the number of IMDb credits (background/extras weighted less) attached to a talent, it is the quality of the credits that determine whether someone is successful in Hollywood. Start showing you care to share the truth, media writers!