The Opposite of 'Entourage': Former Aspiring Actor Publishes Novel About the Other Hollywood

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A former aspiring actor writes a hilarious novel, based loosely on his experiences trying to start an acting career from scratch in Hollywood.

Brian Laesch, author of the new novel The Verge of Psychosis: An Aspiring Actor's Journal, is not concerned about creating hard-hitting waves in Hollywood with his new book. The former aspiring actor has written a fictional journal, based loosely on his experiences milling around Hollywood for two years, trying to fit his creative talent into the wrong outlet.

This sarcastic Hollywood satire chronicles the fictional life of delusional aspiring actor Trott Felipe as he navigates through Hollywood's underbelly without a clue. As told through Trott's own personal journal entries, it's a story of naivety, unreality and ... revenge?

Trott's story begins like that of any other aspiring-actor-moving-from-Iowa-to-Hollywood-type. You know ... stapling headshots to trees in studio execs' neighborhoods, attending mobile acting classes on short school buses, getting assaulted for wearing camouflage and getting kicked out of Lakers games. But what makes Trott stand out in a crowd? Well .. nothing really, except for his mind, but not in a good way.

Trott's driven, yet clueless. He's outgoing, yet totally secluded. How do you become secluded in Hollywood you ask? Trott finds a way, just as he does with everything in life. But unfortunately, with all of the compromising, "open-mindedness", and talking to inanimate objects, he doesn't realize he is slowly slipping into psychosis ... and things could turn fatal ... for everybody

Laesch hails originally from Illinois. He has a B.A. in Broadcasting from Arizona State and four years of living experience in Hollywood. He pursued acting for two years in Hollywood, but decided to instead use it as material to write his first novel. Laesch says, "I know that this book could be taken the wrong way, and a lot of actors and people in Hollywood may not appreciate it, but it's honest. When you've read it in its entirety, you'll get the message. I believe I've captured the current state of Hollywood -- in a ridiculous way -- for a lot of people. It's the part you don't see Sunday evening on the popular HBO series, Entourage."

The Verge of Psychosis: An Aspiring Actor's Journal (ISBN 0-595-42225-X) was published through iUniverse. It's 242 pages and currently available online for $15.95 through, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.

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