. . . among other things!
So, I’ve mentioned I work in movies, right? A friend of mine recently emailed me the Kickstarter for the memoir of a mutual friend of ours, stuntman extraordinaire Carl Ciarfalio, with an enthusiastic endorsement. Now, between the movie world and the writing world, I get messages about a dozen Kickstarters a day, and I ignore them so successfully that my eyes glaze them out now (heh, I’d probably seen Carl’s before and also ignored it). But my friend also had Carl’s first chapter, which he forwarded, so I clicked on it.
(Now, you gotta understand something. First, I don’t tell anyone in movies I write. Second, I’m a TOTAL SNOB when it comes to writing now.)
So I open Carl’s first chapter expecting to sort of skim it, because I’m a writer, doncha know, and I love Carl but heck I have super high standards and all . . . and then I start reading and I end up sitting there with my jaw open COMPLETELY ENGROSSED thinking holy crap Carl can fucking WRITE this is SO GOOD. And I get to the end and I’m like HOLY SHIT I WORK IN THIS BUSINESS AND THIS IS ALL OLD HAT TO ME AND I STILL WANT TO TURN THE PAAAAAAAAAAAAAGE.
So I went over to the Kickstarter and contributed (second Kickstarter I’ve ever contributed to!) and then sent Carl an email that basically said, “CAN I PLEASE PLASTER YOUR FIRST CHAPTER ALL OVER THE WEB AND HELP YOU GET FUNDING PLEEEEEEASE.”
And he very graciously said yes. So:
I’ll add one other thing that may not mean much to anyone outside movies, but — there’s a, shall we say, tradition here in Los Angeles of people saying they are someone they’re not or have done more than they actually have. There are plenty of people who claim to be stuntmen who are . . . not. But Carl is the real deal — real stuntman, and a really good dude as well. So if you’ve ever been curious about what Hollywood is actually like, he definitely has the stories.