Thursday, March 4, 2010
I read a book last year entitled: When You Lie About Your Age, The Terrorists Win by Carol Leifer and laughed and laughed. I was thinking of course that since I am not acting anymore that no one would care how old I am? NOT! Doh! I am in Hollywood-living-breathing-working in "thee" industry that is obsessed with age, beauty, money, and all things non-important.
This Friday I was throwing my "31st" birthday celebration on the "strong" suggestion of my sort of agent (that is a-whole-nother story). Thankfully due to things being crazy and out of my control, I am not going to have that party where I turn 31-again.
It is a funny town, Los Angeles-Hollywood, when it comes to age. They want writers with "life experience" but not over 30. I see it all the time. Must have 10+ years experience as a writer's assistant, script coordinator, etc...and then they want you to be under 30? Hello? Executives, this is basic math here.
I actually find it funny, because age is nothing but a number and yes in casting, age matters, but for writing, it doesn't.
I am happy to play the game and have my 2nd 31st birthday, why not? I look that age and people never believe me when I tell the truth, so why not embrace the lie? Hrm? Because the Hollywood Terrorists win I suppose. On that note, if you have the time, this book is fabulous and I know you will love it.