SUNDAY Jan 5, 2014
My guest is GARY PRIVATE – ACTOR/SINGER/PRODUCER/COMPOSER: Gary grew up a hood born in Sheepshead Bay~ Brooklyn, New York 2nd gen Italian/American. My creative life started Feb 7th, 1964 when the “Beatles” stepped off the plane! Started out as a drummer playing the N.Y. club circuit (Max’s Kansas City, CBGB’s, Coventry) etc; with many NYC bands (Legs Latreau, Dancer, Arrival) continuing on to front his own band. Signing a recording contract as a singer/songwriter, then went on to record with Select Records. Soon after a requested performance at Studio 54 (NYC) for Calvin Klein’s birthday party, he was signed by Atlantic Records which then released a remake of the Four Tops song “Reach Out, I’ll Be There.”
In 1985, moved to Los Angeles where he currently resides sometimes working as a Nightclub/Restaurant Manager (~8 years lead security for the House of Blues Foundation Room on Sunset Blvd,L.A.; ~Trained the opening team at the Mandalay Bay Hotel/Casino H.O.B. Foundation Room in Las Vegas(1999); ~Received Presidential seal/name embossed cufflinks from President Bill Clinton for assisting the Secret Service during his visit to H.O.B.; ~Managing partner of Hollywood & Vine Diner/Ultra Lounge nightclub L.A.; ~GM of Platinum Live in Studio City; ~Event coordinator/Host &Security for the House of Blues Foundation Room- Sundance Film Festival- Utah 2006 & 2011
A.K.A. Private is a documentary film t hat unveils life in Hollywood, California. In our film, we explore celebrity narcissism, sacrifice, and what it means to have a dream. This is a film that markets to all walks of life. From the artist pursuing the limelight themselves, to the midwest house-wife who only watches from a distance; Hollywood is a world that only those who have lived in it understand the depths of. Through this film, Brett (creator/director) paints a portrait that will help people all over the world identify with the love and sacrifice that comes with a life that is dedicated to pursuing one’s dreams.
Centered around Gary Private, a former Atlantic Records artist and ex-teen pop star. Gary Private presently lives in a studio apartment in Hollywood, alone with his pet cat, trying to break into the film industry. We see the financial struggles he makes, having to sell his belongings to buy more time in Hollywood. He tells us he will do whatever it takes to be on top again. Tammi Land, a model and actress, will give up her dream after an eleven-year pursuit in Los Angeles. We watch as she packs up her bags and moves to Atlanta, Georgia. With tears streaming down her face she tells us “Hollywood disappointed me.” Prince Pheenix Wade is a large African American man who is living out of his car. Wade works security at various night clubs and tells us how he will never give up. Demonstrating what desperation truly means and what it is to go all in.
You will also see interviews from celebrities, casting agents, and psychological professionals who have studied the behaviors of people who seek a life of stardom. Mark Young, Co-author of The Mirror Effect: How Celebrity Narcissism is Seducing America with Dr. Drew Pinsky educated us on the narcissism scale of Hollywood performers. Dr. Young says “Hollywood does not create Narcissists. Rather we found that Narcissists are generally attracted to the industry.” Dr. Nathanael Fast, Ph.D. reports on how fame is an addiction. Matt Sorum (Former Gun’s N’ Roses member), tells us how Hollywood has kept him from having a family. The late Francesco Quinn (Son of Anthony Quinn), talks about how after winning an academy award for his role in Platoon, he figured the business would be ‘a cinch’, and then later struggled to book guest spots on daytime television. Mark Teschner (Oscar Award winning casting director of General Hospital), tells us over a thousand actors submit to his office every day and how success “Doesn’t happen fast, doesn’t happen easy, and for some, doesn’t happen at all.”
A.K.A. Private is a heartbreaking look into the lives of the individuals who inhabit Los Angeles. It is a welcome card to all, of the many, that dream to come here to make it. Between auditions, getting headshots, meeting with agents, and finally booking that big role that keeps them in Hollywood for just a little longer, the
viewer leaves the film feeling informed and unequivocally inspired.
We hope you are as inspired watching our film as we were in making it
Nick, Tony Lips (Nick’s Dad) & Gary Private
NICK VALLELONGA Actor, Director, Writer, Producer
Joins the show with Gary Private, a man of many talents, Nick’s started his career at an early age of twelve appearing in the wedding scene in the GODFATHER. Nick produced and directed the crime drama, STILLETO. He has appeared in over 36 films, produced 10 films, directed 7 and written 5. Nick had a great time on the show and I was glad to have met him.