I was lying in bed last night, wide awake, trying to get some sleep. So far this year I've written three scripts, and none of them have even made a dent in the business. I've had enough success (or, so I thought) to at least get my material read. That hasn't been the case. I don't blame my managers. They're good people, and as far as I know, are pushing me to the right people. It's just become a hit or miss business these days--and ultra focused at the "top" of the talent heap, and macro budgets. There's more shit flying toward walls than ever before. We're a few more years away from absolute panic.
The business today is kind of like a big corporate conference. Everyone's standing around in a room, holding a free cocktail (you can still get a lunch or dinner paid for these days), laughing, talking, but everyone in the place is starting to notice that there's been less and less people attending every year. You're starting to wonder why you paid all of this money and invested the time to come here. Nothing's really happening. Nothings new (except things have gotten even worse). You thought about not attending, but what else are you going to do? That's the atmosphere. You know you should leave, because the future looks grim, but don't know what else you would do. I know so many people in this boat who have been out of work for two or three years. Still hanging around, still hopeful, borderline delusional.
I'm one of them.
The only hope is that Hollywood is going to finally change. Like, really change. It's going to boldly reinvent itself. It's going to start doing things differently. And, we all know that isn't going to happen, don't we? To know this, all you have to do is take a couple of meetings with executives. It's painfully apparent they are clueless about the path to be taken toward the future. Hell, they're not even sure if they'll have a job tomorrow.
What we need is for someone to create a new Hollywood. Frankly, that's the only thing that's going to get old Hollywood off its ass and move. Competition. That, "holy shit this new Hollywood is innovative and making money, and we're just sitting here like zombies and missing out."
Where will it start? How will it begin? I don't know. But, it's our only hope. Well, our only other hope. And, we all know how being hopeful about old Hollywood changing gets us. At least while we're standing around, the cocktails and appetizers are still free.