Who Is The Hollywood Hot Dog?
WTF is Hollywood Hot Dog? If you're not asking, you should be.
In 2014, I was working at a production company in Mar Vista at the beginning of my career behind the scenes. After a long couple of days of pre-pro, we were packing up to shoot a music video for Borns the next day. The executive producer came into my room holding something strange. He threw it on my desk.
"A hot dog costume" he laughed.
Without hesitation, I put that sucker on and in that moment, I found my true form. Everyone in the office laughed as I took photos laying across the desks.
"I'm wearing it to set tomorrow" I told everyone.
Sure enough, I snuck the package in the trunk of my car. After a long day on set, around 7pm when people were getting really tired, I ran down the dirt road deep in Topanga Canyon and slipped into the hot dog. I kept my walkie on and strolled back in like nothing happened. So began my "thing" as a person casually wearing a hot dog costume. I continued my job as a the production manager like nothing strange was happening. Everyone posted photos of me in my suit and that hot dog never went back to the dirty ol' storage space at the production company.
While I was still a single lady, I created an Ok Cupid profile as “Hollywood Hot Dog”. Although I did not acquire a new boyfriend, I did manage to collect an assortment of screenshotable content to send to my friends.
Over the next few years, as a business owner and on camera talent who often finds herself working seventeen hour days and not sleeping for days in order to one day maybe be able to buy a home in this market and in what is now one of the most expensive cities in the country, I realized that I have little to look forward to in life besides HAPPY HOUR. Firstly, as someone who grew up quite poor, I love and respect a good deal. Secondly, if I am able to complete my work early enough to be able to go out into the world to eat and drink, this is a glorious reason to celebrate.
I used to have a lot of interest in the topics of modern dating/relationships/love, but I recently realized that if I don’t have work I absolutely have to do, all I want to do is eat and drink (!!). I also learned that I’m kind of an awesome cook and that there is nothing more that I love to do than checking out new places to eat and drink and if called for, talking shit about them.
Behold. The Hollywood Hot Dog is born.