UK NEWS: SONY AND WARNER MUSIC WORK EXPERIENCE GIRL SET TO EARN 3 MILLION AS HOLLYWOOD TURNS BLOG IN TO FILM

Lotte Mullen

Via London 24

A former work experience girl has landed a $3 million deal for her cult music industry blog to be turned into a movie.

Lotte Mullan’s online journal tells of her experiences as a temp and as a struggling singer battling to be successful.

The 25-year-old’s frank entries cover rejection, inappropriate touching, awkward sweaty hugs, the perils of social networking and living in damp-ridden bedsits.

After attracting the eye of a literary agent, the blog is now going to form the basis of a film after impressing producer Nick Moorcroft, who has scripted films such as St Trinian’s and Burke And Hare.

It will tell of her encounters while doing part-time work experience at one of the world’s biggest labels, Warner Bros Records, as well as a stint at Sony.

Despite building contacts in the industry she was rejected by firms and formed her own label, recording her album, making videos on an iPhone and booking her own gigs. Continue Reading….

Check out extracts below from Lotte’s blog.

MAY 12
THE SIDE-BOOB HUG

Apparently Madonna never hugs anyone – it’s a firm handshake or nothing. Unfortunately when you’re an aspiring nobody you have to be a bit more compliant otherwise people think you’re just cold.

There’s a bizarre over-familiarity in this business – I wouldn’t hug or kiss my bank manager. It all seems to be part of the ‘we’re ‘friends therefore we do business’ culture – designed to lure you into a false sense of security.

I’ve often tried to be business-like and go in for the handshake but guys nearly always disregard it and pull me in for an awkward sweaty hug. The new breed of pervy hugger seems to have it sussed that this is a potential groping opportunity and that if he (it’s always a he) extends both hands towards your armpits he’s likely to get a fingerful of breast.

Prime suspects are middle aged record label executives chancing their luck, or the lone fan that turns up to the gig two hours early hoping to catch you at sound check and ‘hang out’ for three hours while you wait to go onstage. They know where you are – MySpace and Facebook have told them.

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MAY 28
BEING SEEN AND NOT HEARD: I LEARN THE TRUTH AT 23

I must have been walking around with my eyes shut. I always thought it was only models and actresses who had to look good.  Call me naïve, but I thought my music would be enough to ‘make it’ and everything else would just fall into place.

The woman I grew up admiring: Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell, Rickie lee Jones – none of them look like beauty queens. They had a charm of their own and most importantly they are Rock n’ Roll; free spirited individuals who sing their stories to the world and ride around with the boys on the road playing guitars.

Fast track from my teenage 60’s hippy fantasy to 2008 in a cold, damp-ridden bedsit in West London staring into the mirror and wondering what on earth I’m doing with my life.

I’ve been told I have to have my nicotine stained teeth whitened.  I’d stopped being self-conscious about them a few years ago but apparently they’re not up to scratch. If you want people to buy your music you have to get on TV and no one on TV has anything less than a shiny white fake smile.

I’m being plucked, pumped and primed; I spend more time these days trying to squeeze my breasts together than playing music. Why am I doing this? Shouldn’t I be out touring venues up and down the country, even if they are tiny, just for the love – take the grass roots approach?

An A&R man from Sony who was old enough to be my father told me I should “show my body off more”. It’s astounding that these are the kind of people you have to get through in order for your record to be released.

I know entire meetings are conducted where these guys sit around and consider how ‘fit’ I am; they are all geeky posh boys from private schools with their affected Cockney accents wearing Converse in an attempt at cool. It would be hilarious were my career not in their hands

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This is brilliant! Congratulations Lotte.

That’s the power of the Internet folks!  It has opened so many doors for people, myself included. It’s a BEAST!

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6 replies »

  1. ts always nice to read about the opportunities bloggers get from simply sharing their thoughts with the world. Lotte’s blog sounds hilarious so I can imagine the film will be too

  2. Oh father above, is this gonna me the blog music industry version of Bridget Jones? I can’t. I won’t. I simply won’t.

    I don’t care enough about those excerpts enough to even read the blog, let alone a film which will be heavily dramatized.

    Will be interesting to see what the do exactly with this £3 million.

  3. Haha!!!

    So true!! “A&R guys from posh private schools wearing converse trainers…” I saw that lot when I was an Intern at a major label

    Also the kissing on both sides when they greet someone lol

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