This is actually true

Everyone in Hollywood is trading on the currency that these are your dreams, that everyone wants to be in this industry, and this shows the bosses that if someone isn’t willing to work for minimum wage, they can find someone else who’s willing to work for minimum wage, and it leads to the quality of working conditions going down.”

It’s hugely true of acting, still largely true of the tech side. And because it’s true those entry level jobs are going to be pretty shitty. You know, excess of supply over demand?

17 thoughts on “This is actually true”

  1. “Great art is made when people aren’t worried about how they’re going to get their next meal on the table,” said Golub

    Hmm.

  2. Dying, preferably of consumption in a garrett is the best career move an artist can make.

    I watched Wonder Woman 84 last week. $200 million it cost apparently and it is absolutely terrible. That Gal bird simply can’t act, I don’t even find her very pretty. I won’t spoil it, but fast forward to the end credits, it makes the whole farrago worthwhile.

  3. @Ottokring

    I gave up watching Wonder Woman 84. The first one was tolerably good so I had expectations but, yes, ’84’ was crap. I lasted until they did the “montage of character dressing up in different clothes” thing. That’s a lame film-padder at the best of times and this time the character was a bloke.

    Mostly, of course, Wonder Woman is all about the idea of hundreds of athletic women crowded onto an island together and the hope of being able to watch a bit of girl on girl action. Is that what happens in the end credits? If it isn’t, I’m not going back.

  4. “These working conditions and low wages, argued Alison Golub, a writer’s assistant and Local 871 member, are severely impairing workers’ ability to start families and afford expensive rent in the Los Angeles area, and limit the ability for many workers to sustain themselves in the industry. This contributes to the lack of diversity in Hollywood, Golub noted, because many workers cannot afford to work in the industry without relying on generational wealth to subsidize their cost of living.”

    This doesn’t make sense. If the blacks and latinos have something different to offer from the honkys then they aren’t competing with rich honkys. Like Peter Dinklage gets a ton of work because he can act well and is a dwarf. Peter Mayhew got the job as Chewbacca because he was 7ft tall, and for almost no other reason.

    And if the argument is that they offer the same thing, why do we want them acting, if it requires a massive subsidy? Isn’t it better that rich honkys empty their trust funds to entertain us?

  5. Alison Golub was born and raised in LA and graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Art’s Film and Television program with a minor in Politics. Despite her grandmother’s wishes, she has had no interest in becoming a lawyer, instead fantasizing about writing for television since she was 14 years old. She has studied improv at the Second City Hollywood and was accepted into their Conservatory program. She studied acting as a teen at the Ruskin School and was a staff writer for NYU Local, an independent student-run blog, where she wrote over 100 articles, including a popular column about conspiracy theories, “New World University”. She executive produced the web series Our Little Girl which can be found on YouTube and Vimeo. In 2020, Alison made it to the 2nd Round of the Austin Film Festival script competition with her pilot SAN MAR. She was most recently a Writers’ Assistant for the upcoming Disney+ show, JUST BEYOND.

    Imagine wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars of education and the best years of your life learning how to be an assistant to people who write TV scripts.

    Come, friendly bombs.

  6. Ha ha thanks John, that is excellent.

    One explanation in the notes caused me to pull out my classical dictionary: Omphalos is also a place in Crete so named because it was where Zeus’ umbilical cord landed. Omphale was indeed queen of Lydia, but look up the story of her and Hercules. It is worthy of a film in its own right.

  7. “fantasizing about writing for television since she was 14 years old”

    Did she actually *write* anything from 14 years old, or just fantasise about doing it in the future? As with computer hardware/software design & development (what we back in the early ’80s naively called “computing” before discovering too late that “computing” is “driving a car”), it’s something you should have been doing for many years *before* getting into Uni if it’s your desired career goal, not something that you fantasise about doing. Did she have dozens of screenplays written in her teens, just needing academic instruction to knock some corners off and tidy things up, or was her aspiration “go to collage, learn scriptwriting, get job scriptwriting”?

  8. JL: “(Spoiler alert – don’t worry it’s perfectly harmless).”

    On that case I certainly won’t be clicking on it.

  9. jgh,

    “Did she actually *write* anything from 14 years old, or just fantasise about doing it in the future? As with computer hardware/software design & development (what we back in the early ’80s naively called “computing” before discovering too late that “computing” is “driving a car”), it’s something you should have been doing for many years *before* getting into Uni if it’s your desired career goal, not something that you fantasise about doing.”

    One of my observations is that the “guerrilla” film movement is almost 100% men. Guerrilla film being where you don’t sit around and wait for money and college and whatnot, you just get whatever video camera you can, get your mates together and make a film. Garth Jennings made a rather good film called Son of Rambow which is based on his childhood and making a low budget Rambo film with a VHS camera. But directors like Edgar Wright, Spielberg, Brad Bird were the same. They were already creating by their early teens.

  10. jgh: I did electronicky stuff as a teenager and it got me a job doing electronicky stuff after uni. Then I got asked to do computery stuff with virtually no experience. And that was my career sorted. Of course that was in the 70s where experience was in short supply but as you allude, these days having some software experience under your belt as a teenager helps a lot in the job market.

  11. What does a Writers’ Assistant actually do? Sharpen pencils, make the coffee, be a piece of eye candy for those periods of writer’s block?

  12. What does a Writers’ Assistant actually do?

    I don’t know, but she doesn’t seem to be doing that any longer. Since finishing her expensive education, she has has a lot of short-term white collar menial jobs in telly. However, being a woman with the right opinions is probably as good a way as any into TV these days. After all, 99% of shows demonstrate zero creativity.

    The main problem with that approach (other than shit TV) is that anyone can be a woman with the right opinions these days. You don’t even need to shave.

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