Yes, it’s cool that Los Angeles is a town governed by stories people want to tell. But it's also completely silly and different from places where the industry is, say, fertilizer manufacturing. I mean, it's entertainment!—the things that lull you to sleep after the real work is done. The moment you forget how ridiculous the whole setup is, is the moment your soul searches Craigslist for a new home in Oregon. So instead of saying, “she’s industry” or “I need to check with my team,” take a moment to try not sounding like an evil, human-sorting robot. There are also people in L.A. whose job has nothing to do with narrative arcs and casting choices, and that doesn’t mean they’re boring. Make it a point to befriend “non-industry people.” Or, as they’re called outside L.A., “people.”
Don’t call it "The Industry."