An Interview With “How to Fail in Hollywood and Kill the Dream” Stars Annabelle Gutman and Johanna Rae


Annabelle Gutman and Johanna Rae are the subjects of Richard Lowry’s new documentary How to Fail in Hollywood and Kill the Dream; here is a link to the films website:




Q:  How did you meet Richard Lowry?

A: Annabella met Rico when he was working on his feature film Rapture a sci -fi thriller and helped with production of the film. Through Annabella, Johanna met Rico and from there we all collaborated to make How to Fail in Hollywood and Kill the Dream.

Q:  Why do you think he wanted to document your story?

 A: Two women with strong passionate personalities with the same goals coming to conquer their career and dreams in Hollywood on their own.  As we all know it is not easy to make it in Hollywood especially for women in predominate world where men are calling the shots. The film turned out to be very entertaining with challenges as well as educational.

Q: What is the basic story of the film?

A: Genre is a documentary comedy. A comedy of errors about two actresses inspiring to launch their film production with bizarre comic results.

Q:  How do you feel about how you were portrayed in the film?


Annabella:  The way we in the film is not exactly the way we are in real life, since in the film we are over the top.

Johanna:  Lol. When I watched the film it was very funny to see the two of our characters interaction with one another, I felt as though I was watching Lucy and Ethel in “I Love Lucy”.

Q: What is the biggest mistake you made in Hollywood?

A: Being naive and believing in people that made big promises, and becoming dependent on these people. Eventually almost 99 percent of these people let us down and the only people we could count on where ourselves.

Q:  If you could do it all over again, what would you do differently?

A:  Never wait on anyone and trust your instinct. Never allow money to be an issue to slow you down. Never count on anyone but yourself.

Q:  Why do you think this documentary is worth watching?

A:  It’s entertaining, hilarious, with real life situations that real people in the world can relate to. It is also educational at the same time for people pursing their goals and dream in life.

Q:  What are some of your favorite reality shows?


Annabella:  “Million Dollar Listing ” , “Kardashians ” , “Top Model”, “The Apprentice  ”

Johanna:  ” Ridiculousness” “Catfish”,

Q:  What do you like about Hollywood?

A: Hollywood is a place where you come and make your dreams come true in the show business world. As long as you’re persistent   , ambitious, keep looking forward and never give up!


Q:  What don’t you like about it?

A: The wishy washy ,lies , and false situations , and people that can lead you so far in the wrong direction , wasting your valuable time ,and taking you away from your focus,  and what you really are trying to do . Many people seem to be very selfish, and unwilling to give you a chance.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)


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