Scheer has worked on every level of the Hollywood hierarchy, from assistant to d-girl to network vice president, so she knows whereof she speaks. To explore the industry's career opportunities, she takes a novel approach, examining more than 100 movies about the film business from the past 90 years, along with real-life film accounts by working professionals. Divided into 12 chapters, the book covers a variety of basic positions, including actor, writer, and studio executive, with additional information on "lot life" and other aspects of the film world. For example, "Producer" dissects the different types of producers, notes how to get started, uses eight films (including The Producers) to illustrate Scheer's points, and prints an interview with a working producer. The writing is generally breezy and light, so would-be creative types must look elsewhere for contact information, prospective salaries, etc. A good companion to Jan Bone's Opportunities in Film Careers and Tanja L. Crouch's 100 Careers in Film and Television, this is recommended for film and career collections.