Part of the danger of a memoir like this is that this business can be so brutal at times (and also dizzyingly exciting at times!) that I'm hesitant to get into storytelling. Meaning, I don't want this to be a litany of every terrible thing that's happened to me. Everything they've done. All the unfairness.
Cuz trust me, that's all there. But do I want to live in that place? Do I want to be the kind of person who dumps on people she just met? Who uses strangers as free therapists to listen to a monologue about how stressful and unjust the Hollywood lifestyle is?
I'm afraid I have been that person in the past and I've learned from it. Yes it's true that all this has happened. But it's also true that I can reframe and disengage at any time.
You always have the power in any given situation, even if it doesn't feel like it. Especially when it doesn't feel like it.
Which isn't to say I'm not going to tell you stories. I feel like there's a difference between telling stories and storytelling. Storytelling is a stuck place, focused on the past.
Telling stories is focused on the now and the future. Rooted in who you want to be now.
No matter what happens in this town, always remember: they can never take away who you are. You are whole and worthwhile and lovable and important, no matter what they do.