Hollywood is a place. We can all agree on that. And while you can go visit Hollywood, just Northwest of Los Angeles, it’s not the physical location that people travel thousands of miles to make their dreams of fame come true.
If you’ve ever been to Hollywood, the place, you quickly realized that it isn’t what you thought it was going to be. When you went to the Walk of Fame or Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, you probably didn’t see Brad or Angelina or the Kardashians. You probably didn’t see a movie being filmed or a deal being signed. You saw the tourist attraction.
Hollywood, the real Hollywood, is a metonymy for the entertainment industry in Southern California. Hollywood is really located wherever there’s a camera rolling, a script being written, or an audition being held.
But it’s not all glitz and glamor. Hollywood is where wardrobe is pulled from warehouses, sets are built, electricity is wired and where craft services sets up to feed the crew.
“Where is Hollywood?” is not a straight forward question with a simple, google-able answer. Unless of course, you’re looking for the location. In which case, a simple map should do the trick.
Where you can find Hollywood in the figurative sense is a much more difficult. But in Los Angeles, it’s always right around the corner.
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