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That's amore - Sing With Me If It's Just For Today...
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That's amore
A deal for the host of an upcoming nature show for our animal-themed channel within our network umbrella landed on my desk, and chop-chop, the deal needed to be closed yesterday. The host is a veejay from MTV India. She’s hot Hot HOT! Get her cheap! When I saw the email informing me who her agent was, I smiled, shook my head, and wondered why the hell he was representing her.

When I was just a pisher mailroom boy, an agent trainee at ICM, Jack Gilardi was the shit. With Sue Mengers, they controlled the top stars in Hollywood of the day. Jack was a dapper man, a pocket scarf and a perma-tan. He was married, still might be, to Annette Funicello.

I dialed ICM’s main number, asked for Jack Gilardi.

“He’s still alive?” I heard my boss ask through our mutual office wall.

“Can you believe?” I waited for his assistant to pick up. His old secretary, with her blond bubble hair-do and sibilant s, was a scary five-foot Scientologist (you should’ve seen the spray when she said that word). I pondered what she’d look like twenty years later, the sss still in place, but a young male assistant answered instead. I told him my name and the purpose of the call, and I waited.

Jack picked up his phone. “Hi, I know you don’t remember me, but I was once a trainee, and you were someone who actually treated me with respect and taught me a great deal.”

Not only was it true, but also a good tactic to begin a negotiation. He warmed immediately. I asked about his old secretary, paid respect to a senior statesman in the business that just passed away. I kissed major, old, wrinkly Italian butt, but you know I was actually being sincere.

“Just send me the offer and you got yourself a deal,” he said, skipping the word kid at the end of the sentence, his voice a caricature of every agent’s voice you’ve heard.

“Thank you, Jack. My best to your family.” All I could think of when I hung up was I just called Mr. Gilardi "Jack"!
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conczepts From: conczepts Date: March 30th, 2005 10:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Pics? Desi chicks are quite often way-hot.
ladycakes From: ladycakes Date: March 30th, 2005 10:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dude, you should send my kid some damn swag. Don't make me beg. Look at that face! I dare you to say no!
mengus From: mengus Date: March 30th, 2005 10:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you're ever looking for a ruffian that can speak well upon command - feel free to make me a megastar.

Cause you know, working construction just isn't bringning me the fame i so desperately crave.


top notch 'daily life' post
ubermunkey From: ubermunkey Date: March 30th, 2005 11:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
great entry, I am always so interested in your stuff as it is SO absolutley foriegn to me. A different world and what not.

I love this line "She’s hot Hot HOT! Get her cheap!" Too funny. Plus I always think of you when I watch Ellen. Well honestly much more then that but just yesterday I saw Ellen and thought, hmm, wonder what T is up to.

cheers
be
well
connor
backawayslowly From: backawayslowly Date: March 31st, 2005 01:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Terry you are SOOOOOOO my idol.
poohbearjim From: poohbearjim Date: March 31st, 2005 02:08 am (UTC) (Link)
I love days like that! Congratulations.
spigotmd From: spigotmd Date: March 31st, 2005 02:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I just figured out where you work. I tried to get a job there but they didn't a designer.
cricketshay From: cricketshay Date: March 31st, 2005 07:49 am (UTC) (Link)
And didn't it feel great?
From: pit6steve Date: March 31st, 2005 11:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Just feel the power of your conversation. Man, you could talk me into doing anything...did I say ANYTHING???
privatesector From: privatesector Date: March 31st, 2005 01:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

Great story, Mister T.

J and A have been divorced for some time and they did have several children together. Ask if they need any original music for the deal.
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