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College Bound and Gagged is Hollywood-bound. Really!

February 12, 2013

CBGFRONTCOVER-FINALjpegThe countdown to college admission is filled with anxiety. As a parent, I’ve been through it with both of my children and lived to tell about it. In fact, I documented the experience, humor, and strategy in a book. College Bound and Gagged: How to Help Your Kid Get Into a Great College Without Losing Your Savings, Your Relationship, or Your Mind is a parent survival guide for the college-bound journey. It’s always easier to talk about college admission once the experience is behind you and you no longer have to deal with SATs, a Test Prep Expert, or even the college part. Little did I know that, after the book’s publication, I’d be wrapped up in another exciting admission decision.

In early 2012, I was contacted to sign a release for my book to appear in Admission, a feature film starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd. After confirming this wasn’t a hoax by mean-spirited strangers or family pranksters, my shock turned to excitement. College Bound and Gagged might be in a movie. True, it wasn’t like I had been offered a cameo, but in many ways it was better. Authors become attached to their work, so when people recognize our books it’s like complimenting our children. Besides, my book cover would fare much better in HD than I would.

I’ve often compared the college-bound process to childbirth. Both include plenty of labor, anxiety, and know-it-alls telling you what to do. My new admission (the movie) situation wasn’t as stressful, but there have been tense moments. First, the countdown to acceptance (or, in this case, the verdict regarding book inclusion) was longer than a pregnancy. Your mind can cover a lot of positive and negative ground in 11 months.

What if the book is accepted? What if it ends up on the cutting room floor?

Maybe the book cover will have a close-up! What if the production assistant spills coffee on it right before the scene?

Maybe Tina Fey and Paul Rudd will say something funny about it. What if Tina Fey and Paul Rudd make fun of it? (I now would be happy with either of these options.)

When I’m done with the optimism/pessimism imagery, I spend my spare time compulsively checking IMDb for delivery updates. After all, it is the film industry’s sonogram.

Admission opens in theaters nationwide March 22, but thankfully, last week I was given an Early Admission opportunity when Focus Features included me on their preview screening list. My excitement was tempered only by the pressure of this event. I thought Admission would require more concentration than Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy if I was to spot a fleeting image of College Bound and Gagged. I imagined all of the possibilities as I contemplated the higher ed version of Where’s Waldo?

What if I’m laughing so hard, I miss a glimpse of the book?

What if I snooze like I did during Lincoln?

What if I drop my popcorn and miss the big moment?

What if I need a bathroom break?

Yes, I knew enough about the film industry to realize that scenes change and stuff happens, especially in post-production where editors trim out the nonsense to make magic. And at the risk of sounding all Oscar-y, I really was happy that College Bound and Gagged made it onto someone’s radar whether it made it on the big screen or not. And of course, I took solace in the fact that you’re not out of the game until you scour the DVD outtakes.

Spoiler Alert: You’ll have to wait until March to see Admission, but my exciting news is that College Bound and Gagged got accepted!!! You can watch the trailer here, but you’ll have to wait for the release to see my book’s close-up (If only I could get that close to Paul Rudd and Tina Fey). Follow my posts for more behind-the-scenes college comedy, psychology, and interviews on the countdown to Admission.

PS: You’ll love the movie. Only Tina Fey and Paul Rudd (and amazing screenwriters, cast and crew) could make parents want to sit through college admission all over again.

Dr. Nancy Berk

Nancy Berk, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, entertainment and fan base strategist, multimedia content creator, and President of Nancy Berk Media LLC. An online entertainment columnist for PARADE magazine and host of the celebrity podcast Whine At 9—featuring conversations with over 300 celebrities and show business insiders, Nancy has chatted and laughed with Oscar, Emmy, and Grammy winners, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers. A celebrity favorite, she is known for her skilled and sensitive interviewing and ability to incorporate subtle humor in her conversations, shows, and stories. Nancy’s self-help humor book College Bound and Gagged: How to Help Your Kid Get into a Great College without Losing Your Savings, Your Relationship, or Your Mind can be seen in the feature film Admission starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd.

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17 Responses to College Bound and Gagged is Hollywood-bound. Really!

  1. Deb Martin-Webster
    February 16, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Congratulations Nancy!! Well done!!!

  2. Massy Paul
    February 14, 2013 at 3:05 am

    Wow, congratulations.

  3. Chuck Sambuchino
    February 13, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    So cool!

    • February 13, 2013 at 5:28 pm

      Thanks Chuck! People like you and Donna have given me so much confidence to keep writing!

  4. February 13, 2013 at 1:27 am

    Very cool! Congratulations!

  5. February 12, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Congratulations Nancy! Great to see your hard work on behalf of so many students and their families be rewarded. Look forward to the movie.

    • February 13, 2013 at 5:26 pm

      Thanks Claire! And ditto to you!

  6. February 12, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Very happy for you Nancy. This is a BIG deal!

    • February 12, 2013 at 8:57 pm

      Thanks Suzy. Hope so 🙂

  7. February 12, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Thanks Megan and Donna! I feel a party coming on!

  8. February 12, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    congrats !! so happy for you

  9. February 12, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    So excited for this! Can’t wait!

  10. February 12, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    I think this is better than a cameo because your name is right there in the movie. We don’t have to wait for the credits!

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