Here’s a joke: A Hollywood lawyer and a stand-up comic walk into a bar … they’re the same guy. The common joke in Hollywood, which is funny because it’s true, is that everyone wants to be in entertainment. Every actor wants to become a director and directors want to become producers. Nine out of ten people you meet in Hollywood already have a job in entertainment. Not so uncommon, growing up in Detroit, everyone seemed to have a job related to the automotive Industry.
The Foundation Room, a private Club at the House of Blues is just such an experience. From the outside of the building, this inspiration of Dan Akroyd and business partner Isaac Tigrett created with the support of Disney, is designed to emulate an old shack on the Louisiana Bayou that gave birth to the Blues.
There’s a cute, yet very accurate, saying in Hollywood: “They became an over-night success … Ten years later.” Accurate because, like nearly every specialty or business, it takes hard work and tenacity to succeed in Hollywood. Allow me to explain using two good friends, Robert Arevalo and Skip Fredricks, as examples:
Robert Arevalo is an actor. You’ve probably viscerally enjoyed watching him die, horribly, in several Robert Rodriguez and other movies. An excellent actor, you want to cheer when his character meets a well-deserved end. He’s a large, fit martial arts expert. Always smiling and soft spoken, he’s the nicest guy you would ever want to meet off-screen.
TMZ, a relative newcomer, began in 2005 as the brainchild of Harvey Levin… you know, the “I’m a Lawyer” guy. TMZ made its way onto TV in 2007. For those who may have forgotten, “TMZ” is short for “The Thirty Mile Zone”; or Hollywood Producer short-speak for the 30-mile radius within which most Hollywood movie production occurs and the distance after which extra crew fees and travel expenses kick-in.
‘I know a guy,’ several actually. Each is very good at their interesting craft. All aspects of their help is quite legal, extremely ethical and above board. My friends’ respective avocation is Private Security and Personal Protection. Each comes from a Military, Secret Service (and other Alphabet Agency) or Law Enforcement.
You likely won’t recognize real-life Fixers, they have expert ‘blending-into-the-background’ abilities and are vastly different from the successful Hollywood characters Ray Donovan (Showtime’s Ray Donovan) and Olivia Pope (ABC’s Scandal).
After a relentless week that just seemed to test every part of my gentlemanly self, I like to sit with a special cigar and enjoy the perfectly matched scotch. The correct company, during these moments of respite, always helps rejuvenate m inner gentleman. I may not be alone in these sentiments.
At these times I also seem to reflect upon the various ‘Aqua Viteo’ (‘nectar of life’), or ‘liquid gold’ (as Scotch is sometimes known). I have enjoyed, sampled and imbibed over the years.
“Film Noir”, for many of us, brings to mind specific visual styles, possibly a sepia-toned color palette wrapped around established, grittier than not, themes or visual motifs. Yet an exact definition of this very specific Genre’ can often seem as elusive as the dreams and desires of its characters. Equally difficult to define, is the […]