The Line in the Sand

2018 American Film market

For many years now in casual conversations with people, I have talked about my theory. I call it the line in the sand theory in regard to acting and the entertainment business in general.

You see there is this line in the sand. When you’re on one side of the line, you are a wannabe, a goofball, untalented, and a schmuck. When you are on the other side of the line, you are brilliant, funny, super talented and special.

The funny thing about this line in the sand is that the person was actually the same person on both sides of the line. It’s just there was some event that changed the perception of everyone around them.

Now don’t misunderstand me, I’m not saying that just anyone can cross that line. You do have to have it, whatever it might be. The it could be the fact the people like to see you on screen, whether on TV or in movies, it could be an ability to tell stories in an engaging way and lay them out on paper, it could also be the gut level feeling of what works and what doesn’t. Or in the best of worlds, it could be the mysterious “It” factor that some people either have or don’t have.

What I am saying is that people that do cross that line are the same person that they were before that perception changed. The same person at their core.

So, why does this matter? As I always say the creative arts are a tough business. If there is anything else in life you can do that will make you happy do it. However, if there is not, you need to keep looking for that one thing or series of things that will put you on the other side of the line. That will change the perception of everyone around you.

This year I will be attending the American Film Market. One of the largest “Trade Shows” of independent film producers, distributors, sales agents, and service providers for the independent film community put on each year by The Independent Film & Television Alliance.

This is my personal next step in looking for that event or series of events that will put me over that line. I am sure that many people there are in the same position although at different levels of that process.

When I get back, I will let you know how it went.

Podcast Launch Spring 2019

Any endeavor of high worth takes lots of hard work, implementation and time. Most of the time when we hear of overnight successes, delving into the backstory reveals that the “overnight” success was the result of many years of work. It is just that when it pays off, and things click the results are exhilarated, and the impression to onlookers is that the success was ‘overnight.’

So, too is it the case with the entertainment business. While some are fortunate enough to hit or click right out the gate, that is indeed the minority. So, too is the case of getting The Hollywoodland podcast launched.

After having my screenplay “Prying Eyes” selected by the Beverly Hills Film Festival I was able to attend the festival for its full duration. It was a wonderful experience that brought me the opportunity to interact with other like-minded creatives.

I now have the opportunity to attend the American Film Market, one of the largest “trade shows” of the independent film industry.

In addition, I am working on the beginning steps of launching the 10K Film Project. A project that I hope to make a yearly event that will showcase and bring to the screen an up and coming filmmaker, director, and actors together in a studio class film with a budget no larger than ten thousand dollars.

With all this, it looks like the podcast launch will be pushed back to the spring of 2019.  As with the film festival, these other endeavors are helping me to formulate what kind of content, experiences, and going-on in the business that will make the Hollywoodland podcast as useful and interesting to the broadest audience as possible of those that love the creative arts.

As always if anyone has any ideas on the 10K Film Project idea or The Hollywoodland Podcast, please get in touch. If you’re going to be attending the AFM drop me a note so we can connect. Alternatively, if you want to follow the progress of either join us on Facebook or Twitter.

Stay tuned…

Beverly Hills Film Festival 2018 Selects “Prying Eyes” for Screenplay Competition

I am delighted to announce that my screenplay “Prying Eyes” is an official selection of the 2018 Beverly Hills Film Festival.

Besides working to put together the Hollywoodland Podcast, I am also working on my own projects consisting of producing a micro-budget feature and marketing several feature-length screenplays.

This is the second film festival to select the screenplay for competition having previously been selected for the Hollywood International Cinefest.

The selection of “Prying Eyes” will give me the opportunity to attend the Beverly Hills festival that will be held April 4th through 8th, meet the other filmmakers, screenwriters, and attendees and spend time with my fellow artist.

I am very honored and am looking forward to meeting all that will be attending the festival screenings and nightly afterparties.

See you there!

Acting – How Bad Do You Want It?


I used to tell people that you have to love acting so much that you would be willing to pursue it your entire life, giving up much of everything else that most people consider normal life to pursue it. And that you could be happy even if you never made it just knowing that you gave it everything you had because it’s the only thing that would ever make you happy, even if you ended up old and broke.

That concept gets a lot harder to reconcile the older you get that I can tell you.

And within that framework, there are some factors beyond your control. For myself, for instance, the reality of my age means I cannot have the career that I thought possible 20 years ago. But within that framework of what you love, you can still achieve your goal to be in the ballpark of what makes you happy.

That is I think; I’m still not there so I cannot say that unequivocally.

Acting – When It’s Not So Easy

Unless you are fortunate enough to hit it right away, have family connections, or have a trust fund, pursuing the creative arts can be one of the most challenging things you can do in life.

Most come to “Hollywood” with big dreams, and the majority never make it, eventually moving on the “regular” life. For those that can’t move on to regular life and stick with it to the end, win or lose, it can be quite taxing.

This is one of the reasons I am starting The Hollywoodland Podcast. To explore the stories of people that stuck to it and overcame the obstacles.

I very much look forward to bringing those stories to you. In addition to the day to day stories of those that have passed that hump long ago.

However, I am also one that has my own personal aspirations.

In the next few weeks, I am considering taking on a project that may delay the launch of the podcast. If I do, I will definitely use the project experience to add to the podcast mission.

I will keep everyone informed of the decision and the project if I move forward with it.

Stay Tuned!

Prying Eyes – My First Festival Submission

Prying Eyes

I am pleased to announce that my first festival submission for my feature screenplay “Prying Eyes”  has been named an official selection to the Hollywood International Cinefest that will take place the weekend of June 24-25 2017.

Hollywood International Cinefest

The Hollywood International Cinefest is designed to concentrate on providing filmmakers real world connections to help them progress their careers.

It was this unique approach that prompted me to make it the first festival that I submitted Prying Eyes.

Per their website:


Fact 1: Hundreds of distributors world over are looking for content.

Fact 2: Hundreds of film-makers/screenplay writers are looking for a distribution/ development deal

Fact 3: Majority of film-makers don’t get a deal

We are looking to change this irony.

Hollywood International CineFest partnered with studio executives, distributors and filmmakers to understand and address this irony. We believe that the key to success is being at the right place, at the right time and with the right proposal.

Ask yourself- is going to Disney with a “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” type of movie good idea? Would Michael Bay be interested in Requiem for a Dream kind of movie? Would a distributor who specializes in small budget movie be interested in your multi-million dollar proposal?

At Hollywood International CineFest our focus is to match the right project with the right distributor and the right platform. We carefully look at all projects submitted to us and submit for a distribution or a development deal.

We understand that as a filmmaker your main focus is to keep your creative juices flowing. But movie-making also a business. Whether it is a feature, a TV series, a documentary or short, we need to know the market and plan our next moves accordingly.

In 2017, a total of 9 distribution/development deals were made!

Prying Eyes

I very much believe in their mission and that type of thinking went into writing Prying Eyes in the first place.

I wanted a unique story that could be shot on a low budget but had incredible potential.

I am very proud that it was an official selection of the Hollywood International Cinefest.

Welcome To The HL Podcast

HL Podcast

Welcome to the HL Podcast. Please join us on this journey.

To learn about why we started this endeavor please check out our about page.

This podcast is about the film and television business for those that are in it or have a desire to be in it.

So many people only think of our business in the terms of stars. And yes stars are a large part of what drives the business.

Because in the end show-business is a business. Without the success of making money just like any other business, it could not survive.

But our business involves so many other hard working people and so many other components that most people never think of.

From the transportation department, set builders, grips, costume designers, hair and make-up professionals, the list goes on and on. It provides tons of very good paying jobs.

But more than just well-paid workers, it involves a lot of dedication and hard work to create the stories that move us and the entertainment that helps us take a break from the real world.

From the first moment that the words are put down on a page, to the casting director that works to provide the right people to make it come alive. The director who inspires the perfect performance, to the editor who delivers the perfect cut. It is the culmination of so many people with all the same goal.

Telling The Stories Behind The Stories

That is what our aim is with the HL Podcast. The delve into the stories of those that strive to deliver the final story to the world.

Actors, writers, directors, casting directors, producers, financiers, studio personnel, filmmakers, these are the people that we will talk to so we can bring you a view from the inside.

If you have a story to tell or know someone who does please contact us, as we look at this endeavor as a community effort.