Hollywood Assistants Blogger Talks CBS Deal and Working With Fred Savage

Lauren Bachelis runs Tumblr blog #hollywoodassistants. The blog features animated GIFs focusing on bad things that happen to Hollywood assistants. Recently, CBS agreed to turn the idea behind Bachelis’ blog into a sitcom called 20-Somethings -- she only launched the blog in May. SocialTimes caught up with Bachelis to discuss the minimalist strategy behind her blog, her own experiences in the entertainment industry, and how she ended up with the CBS deal.

Lauren Bachelis
Lauren Bachelis launched the #hollywoodassistants Tumblr blog in May.

Lauren Bachelis runs Tumblr blog #hollywoodassistants. The blog features animated GIFs focusing on bad things that happen to Hollywood assistants. For example, one blog post’s headline is “When an Assistant Can’t Make Rent and Asks for More Money,” featuring a GIF of presidential candidate Mitt Romney laughing. Another is “When Someone Tells Me I’m Being Difficult,” and the post features a GIF of Peter Pan saying, “Everyone else thinks I’m wonderful.” Recently, CBS agreed to turn the idea behind Bachelis’ blog into a sitcom called 20-Somethings — she only launched the blog in May. SocialTimes caught up with Bachelis to discuss the minimalist strategy behind her blog, her own experiences in the entertainment industry, and how she ended up with the CBS deal.

Focusing on bad things that happen to Hollywood assistants is a very specific topic. Did your own experiences working in the entertainment world spark this interest?

My own experiences definitely were part of the reason I created the blog, but it was really inspired by other assistants I knew who were being treated like garbage. I am also a big networker, so I’d often go to drinks with other assistants who would tell me horror stories. Luckily, I don’t have too many of those myself from my assistant and intern days.

Talk about your own experience in the entertainment industry – where have you worked, in what roles? How did you like it? What bad experiences did you have?

Lauren Bachelis
Lauren Bachelis launched the #hollywoodassistants Tumblr blog in May.
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My very first Hollywood job was a PA — production assistant — on Judge Judy the summer after my freshman year of college. I was 18 and remember thinking how cool and ridiculous everything was. The following summer I worked as an intern on Heroesthrough NBC Universal, and it was there that I was introduced to this wonderful thing called the writers room. I sat in the room for a week and absorbed the TV writers’ lifestyle. These staff writers came to work, ate good food, made jokes, said ridiculous things, laughed and then ate more good food. I thought, hey, now here’s a career I will enjoy doing every single day. From that moment, I focused all of my attention on becoming a writer. When I graduated college, I got an assistant position to a TV Lit agent at CAA, the company I interned at the summer before my senior year. I told him that I wanted to be a writer in our interview, and he respected my honesty and hired me in the room. I figured that there’s no better place to network than a talent agency where all the action happens. My boss was incredible at CAA. Unlike most bosses in Hollywood, this guy was a mentor to me and is the reason all of this is happening right now. I left CAA to go work as the creator’s assistant on New Girl, which was a great but short-lived experience because of the CBS deal.

It wasn’t all fun and games though. I had to put up with some hard tasks in the last five years. I remember one experience very vividly. A producer on one of the shows was so busy that she asked me to go to her apartment in North Hollywood and pack a suitcase for her because she decided to go on a last-minute vacation. I wasn’t close with her, so it was an awkward task, but very typical for a Hollywood assistant. I drove to her place, and of course she had one of the scariest-looking dogs I’ve ever seen. The dog tried to attack me when I entered, so I remember running as fast as I could to her bedroom door and shutting it. When I was putting this stranger’s underwear into a suitcase with a dog ready to eat me just outside the room, I thought to myself, welcome to Hollywood.