T.R. Locke

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Welcome to T.R. Locke.com.  On this site, you will find a number of articles about Hollywood, writing, publishing, living the artist life and making a living at it. My first book, What I Wish I Knew Before I Moved to Hollywood was an international bestseller inspired by my experiences here in Hollywood. You can read more about me on the about page here. The book focused on what film schools don't teach you about Hollywood. There are many articles here under the category "Hollywood Dreams," that will help you best prepare for a successful career in the entertainment business.

Since then, I've begun ghostwriting and releasing my novels, many of which were first conceived as screenplays.  My first novel, Lunar Options is available now. It's an adaptation of my original screenplay by the same name. The screenplay was orginally intended to run in reverse order from the third story to the first. So, even though this is the third book in the series, it is the first book. Get it? I think you will when you read it.  I hope you'll check it out.

Thanks for dropping by my site. If you'd like to connect with me in social media, you can find me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn @TRLocke. If you'd like to contact me about ghostwriting, you can do so at YourGhostwriterOnline.com.

My Books

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Writing and Publishing

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Hollywood Dreams

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Speaking, Etc.

I do seminars and talks on novelizing screenplays, turning pro as an artist, understanding the business of Hollywood, self-publishing and the new media, entrepreneurism, finding your voice, becoming a bestselling writer and more.

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Latest Articles

Latest thoughts, latest news, and latest updates.

New Look, New Paperback, New Praise, New Giveaways

I am very happy that Lunar Options is being read and receiving praise. The comments from readers have been very encouraging and I’m excited about finishing the series. To get an idea of what people are saying, check out some of these from Goodreads and Amazon: “A very complexed and riveting story masterfully written.“ “I […]

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Origins of a Techno-Thriller–Why I Wrote Lunar Options

I’m very proud of this story. I always wanted to write a smart action thriller like Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Identity or Tom Clancy’s Clear and Present Danger. What I like most about Ludlum’s works is that he admits the dirt that the government does around the world. Clancy, however, tends to make the US […]

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Selma–Why You May Want to See It

Frankly, I just wasn’t in the mood for watching a movie about Black folk being terrorized by racist, ignorant white people 50 years ago. But since a friend of ours, Paul Garnes, produced it, there was no way I couldn’t go see it. Besides, my wife and daughter practically walked out the house without me when I hemmed and hawed.

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The Perfect Metaphor for Hollywood

Part of deciding on whether or not to put your time and energy into breaking into Hollywood is deciding whether Hollywood will let you do what you want to do once you get here. If you have a bunch of new melodies to add to those four chords, Hollywood is waiting for you. If not, you may want to look elsewhere because although there's a certain glamor to Hollywood, that glamor fades quickly for the artist trapped in creative monotony.

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YouTube-Hollywood’s Back Door or New Hollywood?

YouTube is proving to be not only a great platform for finding your way to Hollywood, but also a viable and profitable substitute for Hollywood--one where corporations haven't completely taken control and blocked entrance with gatekeepers. Artists take heed to the new trends in entertainment.

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Hollywood Hillbillies Show How to Get a Deal

The Reelz network has a new TV series that’s a reality show take on the Beverly Hillbillies called Hollywood Hillbillies. The show developed as the result of a young red-headed boy’s rant on YouTube over being called a “ginger.” The video went viral with over 32 million hits and caught the attention of the Tosh.0 […]

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Wish I Knew Hollywood International Bestseller

What I Wish I Knew Before I Moved to Hollywood (2nd ed.) Kindle version celebrated a new milestone just in time for Christmas and just ahead of the release of print versions in January 2014. The e-book has now become a bestseller in all foreign English speaking territories, including the United Kingdom, Canada and Austrailia

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WIK Hollywood Hits #1 and #12–Ahead of McKee, Truby AND… Superhead

It would be nice if it lasts, but for now my book has moved ahead of a couple Hollywood giants in screenwriting–Story, by Robert McKee, the bible of Hollywood screenwriting, and John Truby’s The Anatomy of Story.

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The New Dramatic TV Renaissance

Movies may be going down hill, but TV dramas are getting better. What's behind it?

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Goodreads Giveaway Winners Announced

The Goodreads signed 1st edition giveaway of What I Wish I Knew Before I Moved to Hollywood ended on Tuesday May 14, 2013.  More than 800 Goodreads members signed up for the giveaway. I spent the morning yesterday signing books and bookmarks for the 12 winners. I want to thank everyone who entered and Goodreads […]

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T. R. Locke’s 2nd Edition Hits #1 Hot New Releases

Burbank–April 2, 2013–Since yesterday was April Fool’s Day, I decided to hold off on this post until today lest anyone think I was joking when I posted on Facebook yesterday that the 2nd edition of my book, “What I Wish I Knew Before I Moved to Hollywood” hit #1 in Hot New Releases

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2nd Edition Hits Bestseller’s and What’s Hot Lists in Multiple Categories

What I Wish I Knew Before I Moved to Hollywood, hit multiple Bestseller’s and What’s Hot lists on Amazon.

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New E-Book Releases–Goodreads Giveaway for Paperback Launches

What's it take to make it as a singer in Hollywood--read what Chante Moore had to say about it in my book. Trying to be comedian? Read what a standup comedian and writer for Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley and Bernie Mac says. Want to be a producer? See what the Emmy-winning producer has to say. Want a directing/screenwriting/development deal at HBO? My interviewee had one. Want to be an actor? Find out what a star who makes $250,000 a week says about how to become one. Want to do make-up? Find out what the head make-up artist for one of Fox's hit dramas says you should do. Want to rap or make beats? Find out what Dr. Dre and Ice Cube's go to guy says.

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How to Get Attention

Three years ago, after Chris Brown brutally beat Rihanna, I posted an article that suggested the couple must have been slated to star in a remake of What’s Love Got to Do With It?–the Ike and Tina Turner story. This year, the couple reappeared seated next to Kobe on the floor at a Lakers’ game

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Trump Romney Team for New Reality Show

Who wants to be a Billionaire Survivor Factor Celebrity Apprentice? The secret is out in Burbank this morning after many attempts to cover it up. Donald Trump announced Monday that he had an October surprise that would have consequences on the presidential elections.

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Magical White People—Hollywood’s Newest Stereotype

I don’t believe a script can be greenlit in Hollywood today unless it has some magical white man with a sword, superpower, or ability to jump high or fly. It’s like every white guy all of a sudden is Chase Budinger from the Houston Rockets.

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Why Red Tails is NOT a Black Movie

There’s been a lot of reporting lately about the importance of George Lucas’s new movie Red Tails for the Black community. The argument goes like this: If people don’t go see Red Tails, Hollywood will never fund higher budget black movies again.  Although the basic altruism of White people might be moved by this argument, […]

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James Franco’s Back-Up Plan

One might think that an actor who’s achieved the success that James Franco has would just content himself with being a young movie star. Usually the million-dollar paychecks and lush lifestyle of one of Hollywood’s elite is enough to satiate even the strongest appetite for success.  That’s why it stood out to me to learn […]

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Filmmakers Use Free Web Software to Make National Commercial $$$

In case you didn't see the possibilities of the free filmmaking software from Xtranormal I wrote about in February of last year, I recently noticed a great use of it in a national commercial. A filmmaker used the software to create a simple commercial.

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Film Festivals, Yahoo Posts and Other Stuff

Update. I’m no longer active on Yahoo. Just FYI. The moved the content and I’m not sure where they moved it to. I know its still up, but not sure where. Check out my first article on Yahoo’s Associated Content. Let me know what you think. I’m going to start expanding my blog a bit […]

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New Website Slowly Coming Together

I've been promising to upgrade this site for years. It's finally happening. Slowly.