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Don’t Let Hollywood Kill Your Dream

March 28, 2013
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What I Wish I Knew Before I Moved to HollywoodWhat I Wish I Knew Before I Moved to Hollywood
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T.R. Locke

In 1999, T.R. Locke was a successful college administrator and real estate investor in Chicago who had dreams of pursuing his lifelong passion of screenwriting. The following year he wrote a screenplay that nearly won the Chesterfield Film Festival Writer’s Film Project sponsored by Stephen Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment and Paramount Pictures.

Within weeks he was flying out to Hollywood for meetings with agents and negotiating deals with producers to buy his screenplay. Fired up by this initial success, he moved his family to Hollywood.

Within two years, he had a literary agent and manager and his writing had been praised by everyone from readers to producers to the Presidents of Columbia and Universal Pictures.

He even got acting jobs.

But then ….

Well, his book “What I Wish I Knew Before I Moved to Hollywood ” is a fun, honest and entertaining look at how it all went to hell in a handbasket.

Luckily for us the book is not just about how it went wrong, but why and what he learned from it all.

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The Indie Author Life

According to the bio page on his website, T. R. Locke’s first foray into entertainment came in seventh grade …

…. when a lie he told, claiming to be the son of a Hollywood director filming a movie in Cleveland, got out of hand and resulted in the school holding formal auditions for the imaginary film. His writing talent came to light in a ninth grade essay contest, which asked students to write on “Who Is Whitney Young?” (the school’s namesake). T. R.’s essay titled “I Don’t Know Whitney and Apparently No One Cares” made “the shit hit the fan at the Cleveland School Board,” according to his English teacher. That essay prompted the school board to mandate a black history curriculum and earned T. R. an honorary membership in student council.

One thing led to another, and another, and at age 33, Locke enrolled in college..

While still at Columbia in Chicago, he had Hollywood producers vying to buy his first script and a highly respected entertainment attorney in Century City referring him to lit agents. His script, “Disciples of K-Town” received the coveted (nearly extinct), “recommend” coverage from both William Morris Agency and CAA.

Then, as he explains in his book, it eventually went to hell-in-a-handbasket. But with a positive outcome, in the form of this book that will help many others trying to make their dreams come true, too.

Read more about T.R. Locke here.

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