I heard a quote recently that really struck a chord with me. It goes like this: “In Hollywood, if somebody takes you out to lunch, enjoy the lunch.”
What exactly does that mean?
It means the manager, agent, producer, or director taking you out to lunch is going to blow smoke up your rear end. It means they’re going to make all sorts of promises. It means they’re going to paint a glowingly rosy picture about things—your project, your career, whatever—when things, in reality, aren’t quite that rosy.
I know this all sounds a bit harsh, perhaps even a bit grim—but hey, welcome to Hollywood.
— Jim Vines