by Maggie Marr
I send you my greetings from LA LA Land. I am the author of Hollywood Girls Club and Secrets of The Hollywood Girls Club. I live and breathe in sunshiny Los Angeles. I didn't start out in LA as an author. Ooooh no. After working as an attorney in Chicago and then in Denver my very first job in entertainment was....wait for it....pushing the mail cart. Yes. You may have heard of this book:
I got to live it. I was an agent trainee who got her start in the mailroom. After two years (6 months of required mailroom duty) of assisting other agents I became a Hollywood Motion Picture Literary Agent. I repped directors and writers and also some authors (turning their books into film). It was while I worked in H-wood as an agent that I sold my first book. So the stories in my books...true? A little bit. Since packing away my Ferragamos and becoming a full time writer I've also written screenplays and television pilots.
Secret? Being on the writing side is more fun. Don't get me wrong, I loved repping my clients and their work. What a thrill to actually see a script become a film, and also to see director clients have astronomical opening weekends. Plus the premieres, while business, are fun. Good stuff to be sure. And sometimes, sometimes, I toy with the idea of agenting again but I am, at least for now, content to be a creative and have agents and managers of my own.
So how does it work, this silly little town called Hollywood? In mystical ways. I can say that some of my most important contacts in the business came from my years at the agency. It is truly an addiction my fascination with this town and how ideas actually become films and tv shows. Right now, I am winding up a slate of meetings with tv producers who read my new pilot Hart & Stone. Will the pilot ever become a true-see-it-on-tv show? Who knows? But with each meeting I take I expand the possibility of that happening.
And really, in Hollywood, the possibility of making it happen is what we live for!
Margaret Marr is an attorney, a former agent, an author, a wife, and a mother. She is the author of Hollywood Girls Club and Secrets of The Hollywood Girls Club. She is also the writer of the screenplay, The Apology Expert, currently under option at Dahooma Productions. Her tv pilots include; Mothers & Daughters, Sexology, My Mr. Universe, and Hart & Stone. You can follow her and her journey through tinsel town at www.maggiemarr.com