Hollywood dreaming

Hollywood. She’d realized that rhinestones shine like diamonds; that marble can be trompe-l’œil plywood. She’d found herself in platform-shoes handling days of fading dreams.
Amanda learned to smile; giggle to their inane jokes; charging for time and services.

“Hi there” — sighing she wondered what today’s lie would be.
“You’d be perfect for the role” – Mental check-mark: fake producer; she turned around to meet the well-known eyes.

She kept a straight face:

“OK … I’ll just check with my agent when I’m available”.

Less than one year afterwards, Amanda wondered who else she’d thank at the Academy Awards ceremony.

Copyright-Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Copyright-Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

This week my choice went with an actor’s dream. I would guess it’s one the less unique one this week. Hope it gave you a smile anyway.

Friday Fictioneers is directed by Rochelle Wissoff Fields, and is a weekly prompt to write 100 word stories to the same picture.

November 12, 2014

40 responses to “Hollywood dreaming

  1. Cool, Bjorn. I remember Mercedes Ruehl getting the best supporting actress award for The Fisher King and hearing she was told she’d never make it in the beginning. It was so real and sincere, too. Love reading the success stories.

  2. What are the chances. I grew up next door to Hollywood and to this day, even though I have family in the business, it depresses me. So many more failed dreams than successes. Good write though!

  3. Bjorn, Good for her. It usually doesn’t happen overnight. My daughter worked her way up for years before she could make a living at acting. It’s really hard work and not as glamorous as most think. Well written. 🙂 — Susan

  4. Dear Bjorn,

    Happens all the time. Chance, circumstance and not a little talent have to be in the right mix but it can happen. Great story for the prompt. Hollywood is the town of dreams.



  5. I always admire those stories of actors who stick it out and had to pay their dues. They’re finally in the limelight, and they say to everyone, “I’ve been working at this for years!” but people call them an overnight success. Oh, the price of fame and stardom. Great story!

  6. You know, I can just see her in the role of Rachel Crofton in one of my stories. Have her swing by my casting couch . . err, I mean office, and we’ll discuss it over a glass of wine.

  7. Amanda made it very quickly. She obviously went in with her eyes wide open and knew how to play the game. I’m still glad she made it. I like how you’ve drawn her – she’s an appealing character.

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