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Making a Living. Making a Life in Hollywood, CA

David Dean Bottrell

David Dean Bottrell
Los Angeles, California, USA
April 06
Quitcher-Bitchyn Entertainment, Inc.
David Dean Bottrell is an actor (“Boston Legal”) and screenwriter (“Kingdom Come”) who writes a weekly blog about being strangely middle-class in Hollywood at


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NOVEMBER 22, 2010 12:06PM

You Kill Me

IMG_0172 e-mail-1 I was 20 minutes late when I arrived at the theatre. It was a small joint carved out of an old retail space and the metal door squeaked loudly as I pulled it open. Inside, seven latecomers and an usher turned and stared disapprovingly. About twenty feet in front of us, the…

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NOVEMBER 15, 2010 10:43AM

Don't Clap For Me, Argentina

clapping The first time I ever appeared on stage was in a high school play. I was at the time, a nerdy, nervous 15 year-old with bad skin who had only auditioned because of a terrible crush I had on a fellow cast member. As our opening night performance neared its end,… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 8, 2010 1:07PM

As Seen on TV!

TV SCREEN 0 About a year ago, I came out of “theatrical" retirement to act in a play here in Los Angeles. During the run I was interviewed by a local arts reporter who asked which medium I like better, theatre or TV and why. It was an easy question to answer “Theatre," I… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 31, 2010 2:48PM

Star Baby!

star baby I was anxiously looking over my bills when the phone rang. Someone was calling me via their cell phone and it was a very bad connection. “David, it’s Ogger,” a friendly, but very scratchy voice said. “Hi!” I replied, not knowing who I was talking to. “…

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OCTOBER 24, 2010 1:02PM

You Don't Have to Live Like a Refugee

RANDY AND EVI Once when I was a young actor in New York, a casting director recommended me to an agent. I was very excited. The agent was well established and had a nice office. I felt sure that if I could convince her to represent me, I’d be well on my way to…

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OCTOBER 18, 2010 2:22PM

Farewell, Mrs. Cleaver

barbara I was very new to Southern California in 1993. In fact, I wasn’t even sure what I was doing here. In theory I’d come here to work as a writer, but so far nothing much had happened on that front. Just as I was about to give up hope, a play…

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JULY 15, 2010 6:49PM

Chin up!

Every once in a while, people in my business need a little pep talk. Over the past few years, I’ve given a fair amount of them via a mentoring program that I helped found a few years ago. Every few months, I seem to find myself seated across from some very/…

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MAY 25, 2010 10:43PM


lincoln - shovel Last weekend, I met a young guy at a barbeque who had just relocated to L.A. When I asked him what had brought him here, he was a little vague at first, but eventually confessed that he was interested in possibly doing some stunt work. I wished him well. Being the… Read full post »

MAY 8, 2010 4:32PM

Getting It Straight

straight acting A couple of days ago, a friend sent me a link to a piece published on by an openly gay entertainment reporter that really pissed me off. It was a piece basically claiming that casting openly gay actors in heterosexual roles simply never works.

As a gay guy trying to make…

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MAY 3, 2010 3:46PM

Sign Language

hollywood sign pretty After several anxious months, the Hollywood community breathed a collective sigh of relief last week when it was announced that the land above the world-famous “Hollywood” sign had been saved from the clutches of developers who had planned to construct a series of luxury home…

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APRIL 15, 2010 12:28AM

Sweet Charity

There have been a lot of news stories lately about celebrities showing up to raise awareness and funds for some of the areas of the world that have been ravaged by natural disasters. Most major diseases and political causes can usually count on a celebrity or two to fill the seats… Read full post »

APRIL 6, 2010 11:15AM


When I was a young actor I was pretty damned determined to “make it.” To me this meant I had no choice but to nag the hell out of any and all potential employers. Every time I booked a job, I made sure every living person in show business knew about… Read full post »

MARCH 31, 2010 1:23PM

Streep Tease

meryl-streep  Last July, I was in the gym, huffing and puffing away on the treadmill, when a stand-up comic named Roy Cruz (a guy I barely knew) approached me and asked if I would be interested in appearing in show he wanted to produce at one of the local comedy theatres. Read full post »

MARCH 23, 2010 2:33PM

Magic Envelopes!

ResidualCheck I’m usually upstairs in my office when the postal carrier arrives, but the second I hear the creak and clank of the mail slot opening, I bound down the stairs like an Olympic sprinter to see if maybe, possibly today’s mail has brought me that which every entertainment profess…

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MARCH 15, 2010 12:01PM

The Waiting Room

Waiting-Room - purple I’ve never been a particularly patient person. I came from a family of slow-moving people who seemed to think that life was something that just unfolded on its own terms and our job was merely to roll with the punches. Even as a kid, I hated that philosophy and became determined…

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Recently, I was reading in one of the entertainment rags that in 2009, Steven Spielberg was paid $50 million dollars by Universal for theme-park royalties based on his movies. It made me wonder if Steve (as I like to call him) might be interested in designing a ride based on my… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 15, 2010 1:57PM

I'd like to thank the Academy... If they'd just let me!

oscar A few weeks ago, the Oscar nominations came out and I was shocked to see that my name was not among the nominees. I suppose there’s some logic to this, given that I haven’t really worked in over a year, but still. Sadly, awards season is usually a little rugged for…

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FEBRUARY 8, 2010 2:13PM

A Serious Man


Last night, I sat and watched the students in my acting class do some very good work. I’ve been blessed with a very gifted and unique group this time out and for me, there’s no more pleasant way to spend an evening than working with talented artists. As I walked… Read full post »

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JANUARY 29, 2010 3:48PM

Short and Sweet

5availablemenposter I recently discovered that a short movie I wrote and directed a few years ago, had actually been viewed by over 100,000 people on YouTube. This sort of floored me, mostly because it the odds against that little movie even being made were enormous.

Our story begins in the summer of 2005…

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DECEMBER 28, 2009 1:54PM

A New New Year

I recently posted a question on my Facebook page asking my creative friends if they were making any New Year’s resolutions for 2010. I was a little surprised when the majority of them said no and pointedly added that in their opinion, resolutions were just a recipe for disappointment. As a… Read full post »

DECEMBER 14, 2009 7:19PM

Fresh Cut

A couple of weeks ago, I got a call from one of the junior agents at my acting agency who informed me that the agent who had originally invited me into the company had left. However, a terrific "new guy" had been brought in to head the theatrical department and I was asked to… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 4, 2009 12:51PM

Sunny and the Rent Bush

 It’s weird, but there’s something in the popular culture lately that seems to have it out for Christmas. Most of the holiday movies are now about how awful and embarrassing everyone's family is and what a drag it is to have to visit them. I recently went on and dialedRead full post »

OCTOBER 26, 2009 12:33AM

Stage Struck

Theatre in L.A. is sort of a strange beast. When I first arrived here to seek my fortune as a screenwriter, I was floored by the number of small theatres just in Hollywood alone. It seemed like there was one on every corner. I initially found this very comforting since I'd… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 21, 2009 11:17AM

Ego Stew


Ego is always a force to be reckoned with here in Hollywood. Although we didn't invent it, you could say we perfected it. One of my favorite quotes on the subject comes from that undisputed queen of self-expression, Madonna who once said, "Hey, everybody's entitled to my opinion."

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SEPTEMBER 14, 2009 10:57AM

A Funny Thing Happened...


When I was a kid, my mom used to complain that there was nothing on TV half as funny as Sid Caesar’s “Your Show of Shows” used to be. One Saturday night, when I was a kid, I turned on our old Zenith and happened onto a movie called “A… Read full post »