An amateur attempts to attract the attention of a veteran in the industry, assuming that their work is perfect and anyone would fall over themselves to help, even someone as famous as the veteran. Of course, the amateur's work is just that, sloppy and childish at best, and the veteran is dismissive. They can either try to let the amateur down easy or something worse. This works for films and producers, books and writers, or anything of the sort. See Small Name, Big Ego as well as a number of Bad Writing tropes, such as Her Code Name Was Mary Sue.
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- One arc has Jason try his hand at writing established comic strips, and sending them off to the authors so they can see he's a good replacement.
- Another arc had Jason trying to get George Lucas to put himself in the revamped Star Wars movies as Luke's brother. He got a letter saying "Unfortunately, all work in the revamped trilogy was completed prior to request of your letter, and therefore we have no choice but to pass up on your ideas." The "Un" turned out to be a little blob of toner.
Film - Live Action
- In Bowfinger the action star Kit Ramsey refuses to participate in Bowfinger's film, but he decides to make the film anyway and film all of Ramsey's scenes without his knowledge. Hilarity Ensues.
- In Forgetting Sarah Marshall rock star Aldous Snow receives a demo cd from a waiter. The next time they meet:
Aldous: Oh, I was gonna listen to your CD, but then I just went on living my life.
- In a Story Arc on Seinfeld where Kramer goes to Hollywood to try to make it as an actor, or writer, he's in a cafe and Fred Savage comes in. Kramer approaches Savage, saying he has a script that Savage would be perfect for. Of course Savage (and every other Hollywood A-to-C list actor) is bored to death with people approaching them with scripts they'd be "perfect" for, and blows Kramer off.
- Mentioned in the Tom Smith song Sheep Marketing Ploy, where he threatens to send Spielberg a demonic sweater if he refuses to direct his horror franchise about an evil sheep.
- The Simpsons:
- Homer tries to convince someone to direct/act in a film he's written, which involves "a killer mutant robot driving instructor who travels back in time for some reason", and whose best friend is a talking pie.
- A later episode had Homer trying to convince Mel Gibson to be in a "more violent version of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington". He then tried to get Mel to star in movies that were already made including asking "Have they made a movie about Indiana Jones yet?" causing Mel to leave in disgust.
- An episode of Family Guy had Brian trying (and failing) to become a famous writer in Hollywood. He even tries working as a waiter to get up close to the actors, but they don't pay attention to him anyway. Later subverted when a famous director does decide to make Brian famous, but it turns out to be a porn director.
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