Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Hooray for Hollywood! (FF)


Copyright-Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
I never would have believed it, Sid!  Two months in Hollywood and you've made it all happen!"

"I told you, Johnny, I'm your man: Sid Swifty,  Agent to the Stars!"

"And here already I'm playing the Palace!  You are the best agent in show business, Sid."

"And tomorrow, kid, you'll be working with Harrison Ford!"

"It's a dream come true."

"Well, kid, we're at the Palace now."

"I’m so excited, Sid!  Where do I go?"

"Over by green booth.  That's where you pick up the cars to valet."

"Got it." 

"And if all goes well, Harrison Ford will be lunching here tomorrow!"

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If you're going to make it in show business, you need a good agent.  Too bad our protagonist got himself Sid Swifty.  I wonder how much 10% is of $7.25 an hour?

If Sid reps authors too, I'd advise the rest of our Friday Fictioneers to steer clear. I don't have too much to worry about because 10% of zero is probably not worth his while, but if Sid checks out  the other Fictioneers' responses to the picture prompt above, his mouth may be watering.

Who knows, guys?  Wanna work with Harrison Ford?

34 comments:

  1. I bet if I had Sid Swifty as my agent "The Perils of Heavy Thinking" would soon be on the silver screen. Perhaps he'd even represent you, Perry Block, to play the lead in "Dreams of Mediocrity." I can see it now, all the beautiful, young actresses running their fingers through what's left of your hair.

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    1. Sid Swifty had promised me I'd be hobnobbing with the stars, and here I am polishing them right here on Hollywood Boulevard. I understand "The Perils of Heavy Drinking" has been optioned, which is exciting to know the studio finds it to be optional. Bring on the girls, I got what's left of my hair.

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  2. You had me going! Almost called Sid Swifty and packed my bags!

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    1. Sid's waiting for you in LA. He wants to help you with your bags, and then vanish.

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  3. I thought this might be one of the rare success stories. But it was a success, if not a success story. :)

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    1. Thanks, Sandra, it certainly was a success for Mr. Swifty.

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  4. Heeheehee! Sid Swifty will later have him speaking in front of thousands --- "Popcorn, peanuts, Crrrrr-ACK-erjack!"

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  5. Unlike Sandra, I figured there was a humorous twist somewhere and no success, but that didn't diminish my enjoyment of the way it turned out.

    janet

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    1. Thanks! The day I write a successful character is the day I'll have made progress.

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  6. I think all professions have different ranks of successes .. good work.

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    1. Thanks, Bjorn. You know Sid Swifty represents poets too.

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  7. Dear Perry,

    Maybe he'll find a screenplay in a glove compartment and be off and running...

    Great take on the dream, the tinsel and the town.

    Aloha,

    Doug

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    1. Right out of A Star is Born, a film that was remade in the Eighties (maybe Seventiesa?). Thanks, Doug!

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  8. Lovely. I bet it's happening all the time.

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    1. Probably happening every couple of minutes, with scores of Sid Swifty's. Thanks!

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  9. Perry, Who knows. Johnny may become a succes in spite of Sid Swifty. Some important producer may spot him parking cars. There's always hope in Hollywood. Funny and well written as always. : ) --- Susan

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    1. Thanks, Susan. If that's true, I may go park a few cars myself!

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  10. Sounds like the wannabe screen writer in my story also happened across Sid! Did you ever hear a shiftier name?
    Still, with any luck your protagonist will make some contacts with the stars, maybe a foot in the door?

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    1. Maybe a foot up his ass! Well, one can only hope.

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  11. Hollywood dreaming. You gotta start somewhere! Well done.

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    1. That's true. You can't go all the way to parking Harrison Ford's car overnight.

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  12. I need to get Sid Swifty as my agent and strike gold (or a similar coloured metal - brass?)

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  13. I'll be sure to steer clear of Sid. Fortunately for your hero, the minimum wage in California is in the neighborhood of $10/hour. Still doesn't give anyone much wiggle room for relinquishing the 10% off the top though, does it? Perhaps your hero needs to be more specific about what he wants to do when working the palace.

    Thanks for the lighthearted look at the world.

    All my best,
    Marie Gail

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    1. Thanks, Marie. At $10 a hour, maybe there's a cut for you and me too.

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  14. Laugh at him all you want but Sid Swifty is doing better than his clients!

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    1. I'm not laughing. I'm trying desperately to hire him!

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  15. Sid Swifty is aptly named. Young hopefuls - be warned. Fun story.

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  16. Knowing your sense of humor, I approached this with caution for our poor protagonist... and still, you got me! Nice job, Perry.

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  17. Even valets and waiters are all part of the team, although maybe not in the role they'd like. It's a hard town where you need an agent to get a minimum wage job. :)

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  18. Dear Perry, You and Russell are entertainment above and beyond the call of duty for FFF! So funny. Looks to me you have a full head of hair and Russells book is now called "The Perils of Drinking"? wink wink. You are funny! Love your story and all the comments too. You have a lot of supporters! I enjoy your comic strip each week and Russells' too! Thanks for making us all laugh! Nan :)

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