I’m a dumbass. This fact is reasserted to me at irregular intervals. Today, for instance.
There are free movie screenings all the time in Los Angeles. You can sign up for them with LA Weekly, Campus Circle, Screening Exchange, and many, many other places. The one hook is, they won’t let you in if you work in the industry.
I learned this waaaaaay back in film school. Within the first month, my RA took me and a few others to a preview of American Beauty. Kevin Spacey showed up afterwards. I even got to ask him a question in the Q&A later. (My question was something like, “Why are you so awesome?”)
It was pretty cool for a kid fresh off the turnip truck. The point is, I was only able to do this because my RA told us, “Now, don’t tell them you’re a film student; they won’t let you in. Tell them you’re studying history or something.”
Flash forward to today. I’m out of work, and a free movie sounded good. A studio guy was moving down the line, passing out nondisclosure agreements and asking people where they worked. I had my story all planned out (medical student) when he pointed at me and said, “You work in the Industry.”
I just looked at him, confused. He poked his finger at me: “Come on. Seriously?”
I realized he was pointing at my shirt. Or, more specifically, the Panavision logo on my shirt.
Curse you, Panavision, and your irresistable free shirts!
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On an unrelated note, I just got a fancy new phone, and I’m writing this blog in the car. Isn’t technology wonderful? Five years ago, this would practically be magic.
On an even less related note, a friend of mine has started a new blog about touring the country in a band. You should check it out: http://newbard.blogspot.com