If the proof is in the pudding, then the co-authors of Hire Me, Hollywood! Your Behind-the-Scenes Guide to the Most Exciting–and Unexpected–Jobs in Show Business certainly seem to have sufficient subject matter expertise. Mark Scherzer, now based in New York, works for Reelz Channel as a writer-producer, while Keith Fenimore tools around daily for some guy named Howard Stern.

Among those interviewed for the book are Stan Lee, True Blood actor Sam Trammell, Entertainment Tonight co-host Mark Steines and Live with Regis and Kelly producer Michael Gelman. Scherzer came to LA from Montreal way back in 1991 and ahead of a book signing in his hometown this weekend, he confirmed to the Montreal Gazette that two golden rules still hold true:

Nearly everyone profiled in the book started at the bottom and worked his or her way up. Lee filled inkwells at a New York publishing house; hairstylist-to-the-stars Ryan Randall began as an unpaid intern on American Idol. But the one trait Scherzer and Fenimore’s subjects share is drive: “They all had passion. They weren’t going to dabble. They were going to do this 100 per cent,” said Scherzer.

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