About Carleton Eastlake: Carleton graduated from UCLA with degrees in political science and psychology and graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School with a concentration in law and the social sciences. After a career in public policy and consumer protection law, being hired on Steven Spielberg’s series seaQuest confirmed him as a television writer and producer. He has shared an Edgar and Saturn Awards and is a former board member of the Writers Guild of America West and a past president of PEN Center USA and he is here today to talk about his book Monkey Business.
In this episode, Mike and Carleton discuss:
- The importance of having people who recognize your potential
- The truth about being a television writer
- Carleton’s book, Monkey Business
- Having a strong network of supportive people who recognize your potential helps in bringing out the best in you, which absolutely influences your success.
- Writing a novel is a lot different than writing for a TV series. The former is a very isolated process while the latter is more of a group effort.
- Working in show business is not always as glamorous as we imagine. It also has an underside, particularly when the show is run by a toxic team of producers vying for primate superiority.
“There’s politics everywhere because we are noisy monkeys – we are very smart apes and we have all the dominance moves, all those impulses pushing on our consciousness to find expression.” – Carleton Eastlake
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Show notes by Podcastologist: Angelica Rayco.
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