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.

Rihanna and Chris Brown to play Ike and Tina in New “What’s Love?”

It seems lately that celebrities resort to the most ridiculous tactics to promote their new films and albums. With competition for news being what it is, the more sensational and outrageous a story hook, the more likely it will find its place on national news shows and in national magazines.

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Lessons from DVD Extras–Getting Past the Cut

One of the great places to learn lessons about Hollywood is the commentary section of DVDs. It’s amazing the insights you can gain from filmmakers talking quite innocently about the process of getting the movie made.

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American Idol—Hollywood in Microcosm

While I was watching American Idol last week, it suddenly hit me—so much of what we see happening on that show serves as a perfect metaphor for Hollywood.

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New Free Movie Making Animation Software–Interesting

Sarah Palin is a lightning rod of media attention. Her endurance in mass media has been amazing. When I came across this cool new movie making animation software program by Xtranormal called Text to Movie and her pre-animated avatar, I couldn't resist using her image to help push my book on Larry King.

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Staying Encouraged: “Errendipity”- A Course in “Nearacles”

Sometimes there are no words to describe the level of frustration you can encounter when you follow your dreams. Especially if those dreams lead to Hollywood. When there are no words, make some up. But, by all means, stay on track.

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How to Get an Agent Part 2

In this article, we will take a look at how actors, models, directors, singers and musicians can find an agent to represent them to Hollywood or New York.

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How to Get an Agent Pt. 1

The usual route to finding a talent agent involves sending out headshots or reels (if you are an actor or model) or query letters and screenplays (if you are a writer) or query letters and reels (if you are a director or producer) or CDs (if you are a musician).

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How to Make “Extra” Money

The thought of being in the movies might be too unrealistic a dream for many people, but it’s actually easier than you may think.

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I Wish I’d Written Twilight!

I want to write something that big so bad. I want to have teens and their parents and grown people who should know better camped outside the theater talking about which is their favorite character.

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What to Expect at Film Festivals

I have to admit that my initial answer to this question was less than favorable. I’ve attended about 20 film festivals in my life—only four of them intentionally.

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Q&A: “Will Hollywood Reject Me for my Political Views?”

I received a question on my blog from a filmmaker and reader of my book. I’d like to answer his question in this post. For those who don’t know, in my book, I refer to the things I Wish I Knew before I moved to Hollywood as “WIKs”. The question is as follows: Mr. Locke, […]

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Directors and Film Producers–Moving to Hollywood Special Vlog

This is the fifth and last of a series of articles about relocating to Hollywood or New York to follow dreams in the entertainment industry. Here’s my first (and perhaps only) Vlog. Please leave a comment to let me know what you think and please check out the other blogs on this site. Can you […]

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When Should Singers/Musicians Move to N.Y. or Hollywood?

With all the options for performing, recording and releasing music that exists today, there is no sensible reason for any musician to move to Hollywood unless invited.

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I’m an ACTOR… Should I Move to New York or Hollywood?

If you’re an actor and you’re wondering whether it’s time to move to New York (the home of live theater and a decent amount of film production) or Hollywood (the home of most film and television production), you might want to consider a few things.

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I’m a Writer– Should I Move to New York or Hollywood?

In my opinion, the only people who should really be asking themselves this question are writers who’ve had some success with their craft. By “success” I mean that you’ve won awards for your screenplays or teleplays, you’ve gotten some type of representation, you’ve been optioned, you’ve produced your own plays or movies and have built an audience or you’ve placed in a film festival or writing competition.

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Do I Need to Move to Hollywood?

My goal is to save you a lot of pain and time by helping to you to be sure that, if you do come to Hollywood or New York, you’ll be ready and you’ll know more of what to expect. Please bookmark, subscribe to the RSS feed above, or share on your networks to let others know about this series.

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8 Essential Keys to Acting Success!!!—What One Star Says Actors Need to Know

Here are some statistics you may not know—there are 120,000 SAG (Screen Actor’s Guild) actors in Hollywood. At any given time 85% of them are out of work. The average salary of a SAG actor is less than $10,000 a year. Most of them are just trying to earn the required $7,500 a year to keep their health benefits. 18-20% of them fall into star roles and make serious money. But less than 1% are the ones you read about and know, the real stars, the actors who make million dollar and double digit million dollar salaries.

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When’s a Good Time to “F” the Rules in a Screenplay?

The short answer: It's okay to "F" the rules when you no longer need anyone else to buy your script or anyone's money to make your movie. Here's my thoughts on this question: If you F the rules; the rules F you back. And if you're not established yet, they F you without protection, and then discard you like a spent whore. The good thing is, you can wash up and try again.

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How to Start a Script? Don’t Do What I Did!

The question that follows from a student filmmakers led me to the memory of trying to sell my first screenplay to Hollywood. What I learned from that experience was that the way you begin a screenplay can determine whether it ever finds a buyer at all. Check it out: “Hello writers! I’m writing a crime […]

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What Happened to the Prodco???

From a Screenwriter: “Two production companies requested my screenplay two months ago.  I’ve heard you should give them around three months. I waited two months and then sent a follow up. “Thanks for reading any feedback would be appreciated.” This was last week. Is it usual for them not to write back at all? They […]

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New Website Slowly Coming Together

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