The Hollywood Bus

General | Jul 26, 2017 | Carlos Castillo

Back in the 1990s, I worked swing shifts in downtown San Francisco. I lived in the West Portal neighborhood and rode the Muni train to and from work.

One day I was riding home and the conductor explained that a long-term construction project was kicking off and the tunnel between Forest Hill and West Portal would be out of commission every night. Last stop.

I got off the train at Forest Hill and waited for the surface bus to West Portal, which was about 3/4 of a mile away. Fifteen minutes passed. No bus. Then 30, 45 minutes. No bus. At about an hour, I started walking home. I thought, “If I had started walking from the start, I’d be in my bed already.”

I apply this experience to Hollywood. You can sit and wait for Hollywood to come calling, an agent to call and say, “Baby, where have you been all my life! Let’s get the party started!”

Or you can start making things happen for yourself. Key: whatever route you take, enjoy the process. Have fun writing your scripts, sketching storyboards and pitching your ideas.

A walk on a nice moonlit night with a sky full of stars can be quite enjoyable…


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