What it normally means: A person or thing that floats. (But let’s be real: It usually refers to poop.)
What it means in Hollywood: Someone who sits at an agent’s desk while his or her assistant is crying or using the bathroom or drinking at lunch — aka being thrown to the sharks.
What it normally means: Action or behavior toward a person, animal, etc.
What it means in Hollywood: Whittling down a work that someone has loved and been slaving over for years to a one-page “yes or no” — aka killing the dream.
15. “Creative differences”
What it normally means: OK, so this is something that basically only exists in Hollywood, BUT what you’re supposed to believe it means is a disagreement about certain decisions in regards to the direction in which the project is going — about the script, a character, a design decisions, etc.
What it means in Hollywood: They’re fucking insane and I couldn’t take it.
What it normally means: A person who operates the flying controls of an aircraft.
What it means in Hollywood: The first episode of a television show, which will look different from every other episode and will likely be the only thing that you see (if anything) because it will probably never get picked up.
What it normally means: The extent to which something deals with or applies to something else.
What it means in Hollywood: Reading a shit script as a favor to your boss’ weed dealer.
What it normally means: A room in which incoming and outgoing correspondence is processed and sorted.
What it means in Hollywood: The beginning of the end.
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