Despite the fake noses, hairpieces, and boob jobs Hollywood will never be perfect. They may be able to create a utopian world, but if they think they can live in a world without mess ups, they are living in la la land.
Take it from La La Land…
The musical love story about an aspiring young actress and a jazz musician trying to make it in Hollywood, almost never made it in Hollywood.
While they were students at Harvard, writer-director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz came up with the concept for the film. They later moved to Los Angeles and worked on improving the script.
One problem…they couldn’t convince anyone that their idea was good enough. A jazz musical without any mainstream songs stood no chance. They were told again and again that their idea would just never work.
The duo did not give up and eventually persuaded Focus Features into picking up the movie. They were given a budget of around $1 million — peanuts in an industry that can spend $1 million on catering of, well, peanuts.
During the six years that it would take for the movie to get made, Chazelle worked on another project you may have heard of…Whiplash. All of a sudden, Chazelle commanded more attention in the industry and was able to pull some strings to make the version of La La Land he always envisioned.
Fast forward and the film has now grossed over $100 million at the box office and it received for the most Oscar nominations at the 2017 Academy Awards,
I’d like to thank Hollywood for reminding me that not even the biggest studios and deepest pockets are perfect.