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Gary Goldstein spoke with CableTV, via email, on Friday, sharing his views on what it takes to achieve success in Hollywood, as well as exclusive details about his latest movies.

Goldstein is an LA-based screenwriter and playwright, whose projects include “The Wish List,” “Politics of Love” and even an episode of “Saved by the Bell.” His latest movies, “Along Came a Nanny” and “My Boyfriends’ Dogs,” premiere this month on Hallmark.

How do you continue to stay inspired? 

I love being a writer and telling stories, so that’s my inspiration.  And certainly, the more opportunities you have to tell those stories, the more you want to continue sharing them.

Is there anyone in particular you’ve worked for who stands out above the rest?

Well, I’ve definitely enjoyed working with the folks at Hallmark Channel; they’re amazingly supportive.  Also the various producers and directors I’ve had the good fortune to work with on each of my films for the network.  These last two films have both been great experiences due in no small part to Marcy Gross and Ann Weston, who produced “My Boyfriends’ Dogs,” and Barbara Fisher, who produced “Along Came a Nanny.”  All are wonderfully smart, kind and collaborative women.  I also loved working with Michael Scott who directed “Nanny” and also directed my 2012 Hallmark movie “Hitched for the Holidays.”  Any writer would be lucky to have him direct his or her script.

What struggles have you faced during your career?

I went through many slower periods of work during the earlier parts of my career, which had its share of frustrations.  But I never, ever considered giving up.  I knew if I stopped, my career would never happen, so I kept plowing forward.  Needless to say, I’m glad I did.

How did you overcome those struggles? 

By continuing to write new scripts, pitch new ideas, meet people, stay energized.  I also segued into writing stage plays at one point and that opened up a whole other world for me that I’m still a part of.  I’m a pretty optimistic person–and don’t give up easily, so that helped.  You also have to realize, at least as a writer, most rejection is not personal; it’s largely just about what’s on the page or in the pitch.  A bit of luck and good timing also factor in.  But endurance is key.

In your opinion, how can people achieve success in Hollywood?

That’s a big question.  Everyone’s path is different and everyone’s idea of success varies.  Plus, as your career evolves you tend to change your idea of what constitutes success.  It may sound corny but if you can just find your own level of happiness doing the work you love to do, that’s what’s most important.  You need to be a successful human being first: good to other people and someone people enjoy working with.  That will carry you a long way.  Talent certainly helps but it’s not always a guarantee.

How do you think you’ve been able to maintain a successful career in a sometimes cut-throat industry?

Again, by staying positive, directed and very proactive; expanding or reinventing myself as needed.  Knowing that there’s always something new to learn and that we should always be improving.  Finding good collaborators is also important.  And, as I said before, never taking things too personally.

Is “Along Came a Nanny” based on a real-life event?

Nope, it’s all fiction.  But hopefully it feels like a real or potentially real situation.

Can we expect the movie to be more of a romance or is it a thriller?

I call it a mystery with comedic elements.  The romantic part is there but more in a potential way that helps drive the dynamic between Mike, the cop, and Jessie, the neighboring nanny.  But Mike has a case to crack first and foremost.  That he can do it along with a smart, attractive nanny is a major plus.

Where did the idea for “My Boyfriends’ Dogs” come about?

It’s based on a wonderful book by Dandi Daley Mackall.  I just took it from there.

Are you a pet owner (whose animals once belonged to an ex, perhaps)?

I am the proud dad of two Labrador Retrievers who were both rescues, no romantic pasts attached!

What do you hope viewers will take from the movie of “My Boyfriends’ Dogs”?

That Prince or Princess Charming is out there–you just have to pay attention.  They may be closer than you think.

“Along Came a Nanny” aired October 12 on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries and “My Boyfriends’ Dogs” airs October 18 on the Hallmark Channel.Gary Goldstein spoke with CableTV, via email, on Friday, sharing his views on what it takes to achieve success in Hollywood, as well as exclusive details about his latest movies.

Goldstein is an LA-based screenwriter and playwright, whose projects include “The Wish List,” “Politics of Love” and even an episode of “Saved by the Bell.” His latest movies, “Along Came a Nanny” and “My Boyfriends’ Dogs,” premiere this month on Hallmark.

How do you continue to stay inspired? 

I love being a writer and telling stories, so that’s my inspiration.  And certainly, the more opportunities you have to tell those stories, the more you want to continue sharing them.

Is there anyone in particular you’ve worked for who stands out above the rest?

Well, I’ve definitely enjoyed working with the folks at Hallmark Channel; they’re amazingly supportive.  Also the various producers and directors I’ve had the good fortune to work with on each of my films for the network.  These last two films have both been great experiences due in no small part to Marcy Gross and Ann Weston, who produced “My Boyfriends’ Dogs,” and Barbara Fisher, who produced “Along Came a Nanny.”  All are wonderfully smart, kind and collaborative women.  I also loved working with Michael Scott who directed “Nanny” and also directed my 2012 Hallmark movie “Hitched for the Holidays.”  Any writer would be lucky to have him direct his or her script.

What struggles have you faced during your career?

I went through many slower periods of work during the earlier parts of my career, which had its share of frustrations.  But I never, ever considered giving up.  I knew if I stopped, my career would never happen, so I kept plowing forward.  Needless to say, I’m glad I did.

How did you overcome those struggles? 

By continuing to write new scripts, pitch new ideas, meet people, stay energized.  I also segued into writing stage plays at one point and that opened up a whole other world for me that I’m still a part of.  I’m a pretty optimistic person–and don’t give up easily, so that helped.  You also have to realize, at least as a writer, most rejection is not personal; it’s largely just about what’s on the page or in the pitch.  A bit of luck and good timing also factor in.  But endurance is key.

In your opinion, how can people achieve success in Hollywood?

That’s a big question.  Everyone’s path is different and everyone’s idea of success varies.  Plus, as your career evolves you tend to change your idea of what constitutes success.  It may sound corny but if you can just find your own level of happiness doing the work you love to do, that’s what’s most important.  You need to be a successful human being first: good to other people and someone people enjoy working with.  That will carry you a long way.  Talent certainly helps but it’s not always a guarantee.

How do you think you’ve been able to maintain a successful career in a sometimes cut-throat industry?

Again, by staying positive, directed and very proactive; expanding or reinventing myself as needed.  Knowing that there’s always something new to learn and that we should always be improving.  Finding good collaborators is also important.  And, as I said before, never taking things too personally.

Is “Along Came a Nanny” based on a real-life event?

Nope, it’s all fiction.  But hopefully it feels like a real or potentially real situation!

Can we expect the movie to be more of a romance or is it a thriller?

I call it a mystery with comedic elements.  The romantic part is there but more in a potential way that helps drive the dynamic between Mike, the cop, and Jessie, the neighboring nanny.  But Mike has a case to crack first and foremost.  That he can do it along with a smart, attractive nanny is a major plus.

Where did the idea for “My Boyfriends’ Dogs” come about?

It’s based on a wonderful book by Dandi Daley Mackall.  I just took it from there.

Are you a pet owner (whose animals once belonged to an ex, perhaps)?

I am the proud dad of two Labrador Retrievers who were both rescues, no romantic pasts attached!

What do you hope viewers will take from the movie of “My Boyfriends’ Dogs”?

That Prince or Princess Charming is out there–you just have to pay attention.  They may be closer than you think.

“Along Came a Nanny” aired October 12 on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries and “My Boyfriends’ Dogs” airs October 18 on the Hallmark Channel.


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