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Old 02-14-2013, 12:11 PM   #11
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If you don't have a smart phone, get a car with GPS.

Bring money because assistants sometimes don't give you enough validation stickers.

Breath mints.

If you are prone to sweaty palms, blame it on the condensation on the water bottle.

There are some freaky ass aggressive squirrels at Disney. Do not make eye contact.
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:29 PM   #12
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Bring some coke.
Do not bring coke. This is insulting. Instead, offer to buy coke at a generous price from the executive you're meeting.
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Old 02-14-2013, 01:14 PM   #13
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You do coke?
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Old 02-14-2013, 01:50 PM   #14
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You do coke?
Only when it comes in a can with bubbles and corn syrup.
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Old 02-14-2013, 04:17 PM   #15
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Hey guys and gals,

I'm flying over for my first batch of LA meetings next week. Met all the movers and shakers back in London this past year so am used to being in rooms with UK execs (us Brits can be quite reserved!) but any advice from DD'ers who've had their fair share of meet and greets around town would be most appreciated...
Being both American and British, here are a few things I learned of note:
--UK executives are way more polite. They'll reject your script, then send you a long letter of apology. US execs usually don't even acknowledge receiving it half the time.
--Americans in general are intimidated by British accents. It's a reverse prejudice -- if you speak with a British accent (even if its something like Welsh or Yorkshire), then they automatically assume you are smarter than they are. This rule may not apply in Hollywood, however.
--Brits seem genetically engineered to arrive at a place exactly on time (e.g. Phileas Fogg). Given LA traffic, assume long delays.
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Old 02-14-2013, 04:28 PM   #16
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--Americans in general are intimidated by British accents. It's a reverse prejudice -- if you speak with a British accent (even if its something like Welsh or Yorkshire), then they automatically assume you are smarter than they are. This rule may not apply in Hollywood, however.
This rule also does not apply in San Francisco... (sorry, I couldn't resist to not invade this thread.)
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Old 02-14-2013, 05:18 PM   #17
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Don't be a classy European and wear a suit and tie. Suits are for the power folks. Writers are casual. Jeans and jacket work.
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:25 AM   #18
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Being both American and British, here are a few things I learned of note:

--Americans in general are intimidated by British accents. It's a reverse prejudice -- if you speak with a British accent (even if its something like Welsh or Yorkshire), then they automatically assume you are smarter than they are.
WTF? Maybe cause I'm a New Yorker I'm not intimidated by anybody, fancy-pants accent or not. I sure as hell don't assume anyone is smarter than me either because they speak with a British accent.
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:37 AM   #19
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Shave your legs. During the meeting, start rubbing your calf up and down on their leg. Don't change your expression.
Depending on your gender, this could actually work quite well.
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:34 PM   #20
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I assume that anyone who doesn't sound American is smarter than me because they're not American.
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