[Making It In Hollywood raw #33]

Raw footage for the 1976 documentary "Making It In Hollywood," which follows several actors as they attempt to break into the movie business. This tape features Cissy Colpitts, an aspiring actress (now Cisse Cameron). Colpitts is interviewed poolside.

00:00Copy video clip URL Colpitts talks about how she was “discovered” through a newspaper photo, and subsequently cast in the film “Billy Jack.” She talks about doing ballet in her childhood, and thinks she was meant for the business, since jobs keep coming to her.

03:36Copy video clip URL Tape cuts, Colpitts talks about returning to Hollywood from New York City, and the “vicious circle” of needing an agent to get acting work, but not being able get an agent because she hasn’t enough acting work on her resume, and being successful in Hollywood. “I’m a Capricorn, I want work and I want it now.”

08:22Copy video clip URL Tape cuts, Colpitts defines “making it” as being “totally happy, comfortable with myself.” Tape goes black for 30 seconds.

09:25Copy video clip URL “It’s not so much what you have, it’s what you are.” Colpitts talks about real beauty compared to superficial beauty. She then expresses frustration with type-casting, because she is not cast for heavy things.

14:25Copy video clip URL Colpitts says that she expects to get her foot in the door in the next couple of months. She compares Hollywood and New York, saying Hollywood is “more on the plastic side… yet I like it.” She points out what part she played in each of the items on her resume. “I’m not particular, I just like to work.”

17:37Copy video clip URL As for the connection between being a nun and being an actor, Colpitts thinks they both reach people: “It’s communicating.”

20:07Copy video clip URL Tape cuts, we watch the pool as the interview takes a break. The camera pans back to Colpitts, talking about the difference between acting and becoming the role “organically.”

22:30Copy video clip URL End of tape.



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