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Marissa Thomas for "How Not to Succeed in Hollywood"

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On Wednesday, September 19th at 7:00 PM, Marissa Thomas will be in the store to read from her book, "How Not to Succeed in Hollywood." Thomas will read and discuss her book, and a book signing will follow!

In "How Not to Succeed in Hollywood," Marissa Thomas offers readers an inside view of one young woman's journey to fulfill her dream of becoming an actor. The personal and humorous story of Lisa reveals the often difficult and inspiring process of navigating the entertainment industry. Readers follow Lisa from when the acting bug first bit her in elementary school, through college, and to her move to Hollywood to pursue her passion for acting. 

Marissa wrote "How Not to Succeed in Hollywood" to give “anyone curious about Hollywood culture another point of view from someone coming from a completely different world, aka the Midwest, taking the plunge, and immersing herself in a new life.” Marissa says the book is “the story of my life. I can’t tell anyone any surefire methods of getting cast for your dream project. I’m just sharing my life experience. Anyone with a relentless dream has to find sanity in the limbo between a self-motivated fantasy career and the harshness of having to survive real life in the process. We’re all human, and sometimes all you can do is laugh. Set a goal, and break a leg.”

About the author:
Marissa Thomas left her home in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to pursue her dream of acting in Hollywood. Without industry contacts, she had to educate herself about the business. In "How Not to Succeed in Hollywood," Marissa shares her experiences, both good and bad. In addition to writing, Marissa is a licensed hair stylist. She also enjoys painting and produced the artwork for the cover of How Not to Succeed in Hollywood.

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