Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Karaoke

Hollywood Assistants like Karaoke. When the lights go low and the instrumental comes up, all eyes are on us. It’s our moment. And for people like Hollywood Assistants who hardly ever get a moment in the spotlight this is major. Sure, occasionally our bosses will put focus on us when they ask where their reading glasses are or to put more Splenda in their coffee, but does that even really count? That’s why we need to resort to going to karaoke bars and singing our little hearts out.

Dimples, Sardos, Brass Monkey, Backstage, Barney's on certain nights, Los Angeles is full of karaoke joints just waiting for us Hollywood Assistants to crowd them. We could talk for hours about Koreatown and the countless karaoke joints there too. It's in K-Town that we pretend we live in New York and rent out private rooms just for our friends. Hite beer and Soju are aplenty. Plus it's always nice to be surrounded by friends as you butcher And I Am Telling You. No judging! But really it doesn’t matter if you were a member of your High School’s Jazz Choir or you can’t hold a note to save your life, karaoke is all about having fun. Work probably sucks so why not get out your rage and frustration by belting out some Hall and Oates? Found out your phone crush is gay? Sing some Carrie Underwood. Told your Gossip Girl spec was stupid and confusing? Channel Bon Jovi and rock it out. Life’s nuances can easily be fixed (or at least somewhat mended) with the help of karaoke.

Hollywood Assistant Suggested Karaoke Songs
9 to 5 by Dolly Parton
We love Dolly and this song. Though, we only wish our hours were as short as that…
Respect by Aretha Franklin
Because we deserve it!
She Works Hard for the Money by Donna Summer
So you better treat us right
Taking Care of Business by Bachman Turner Overdrive
Working overtime is in our job description yet sometimes we don’t even get fairly compensated (yeah, we’re talking to you, CAA)
A Hard Day’s Night by The Beatles
We all wish we were sleeping like logs instead of rolling calls
You Can’t Always Get What You Want by The Rolling Stones
Even though our parents filled us with this notion of hope that we could always get what we wanted, Hollywood soon taught us we couldn’t.

This town is full of stars, yet us Hollywood Assistants are definitely not among the shining lights. However, this somewhat changes when we’re handed the mic at karaoke. It is finally our turn to be in the spotlight. Our chance for everyone to root for us. We might not ever receive recognition or acclaim for our phone answering skills or reservation making abilities, but being cheered on while singing cheesy pop music has to count for something. Right?

WHERE: From Burbank to K-Town to Culver City to Santa Monica
COST: Free to sing at most places or $20/hour for a private room in Koreatown

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