There are many ways to climb a mountain. That is particularly true when trying to climb to the top of the heap in Hollywood. Andy Cowan's book is one such story.
Having hung out with various Hollywood types, I have yet to find two similar paths in the road to success. In fact, I once asked a seasoned actor what advice he would give to someone starting out today. His advice was both disheartening and heartening at the same time. He told me that every person's road to success is different when it comes to Hollywood, just remember the successful ones never gave up trying.
One thing I have found, being an ardent fan of the Hollywood process, is that no one bears more truth in their experience dealing with Hollywood than what is in Andy's book. No, this book is not a formula book for success. What it provides is the truth that many young people pursuing a career in entertainment will face as they launch themselves into a Hollywood career. What is especially enlightening is to realize that overnight success in Hollywood often means years of hard work.