"Like a modern-day Sammy Glick, I wanted to make it so badly, I would have done almost anything for anyone," writes Everett Weinberger in his just-published bottom-fish perspective of the movie business. "And yet, the more I hungered, the more remote my chances for success became. The smell of desperation is not a marketable scent, especially in Hollywood."
The Brooklyn-bred Weinberger worked as a financial analyst on Wall Street before earning his M.B.A. at Stanford University in 1990, then spent the next nine months trying to make it in L.A. In the winter of 1991, Weinberger, who is single, returned to New York City, where he has found his niche with Dillon Read & Company, Inc., an investment banking firm. "Everything in New York that I didn't like," he says, "I've come to appreciate."
What's it like to be a nobody in Hollywood?
You are what you project there. The industry, the power, the money and the city all reverberate off one another. You see the wealth, the huge mansions, the beautiful women—and you feel a sheer sense of powerlessness.
What was your lowest point?
Working in the engineering and maintenance department at Columbia Pictures hearing complaints about broken toilets.
Why did you leave?
I didn't want to become like the kind of people I was working for. Either I was going to have to change or become an imposter—and that was a little frightening to me.