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The LAist Interview: Silvio Horta

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This week writer/producer Silvio Horta fields LAist's 20 Questions. The Silvio Horta ouvre includes television shows "The Chronicle" and "Jake 2.0," and the horror flick Urban Legend. Contrary to generally accepted entertainment history lore that Josh "Phenom" Schwartz of "The O.C." is the youngest TV show runner at 27, Silvio was actually the industry's youngest show runner at the tender age of 26. 1. Age and Occupation:

30. Writer.

2. How long have you lived in Los Angeles?

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Eight years.

3. Where are you from?

Miami, FL

4. Let’s get the bonehead question out of the way. How did you break into the entertainment industry?

I’d graduated NYU Film School and moved out here intent on taking a job, ANY JOB, in the entertainment industry. I couldn’t even get a gig as a PA so I started working as a perfume spritzer at Norstrom’s Westside Pavilion. Around the same time my one feature spec, a dark comedy set at the Gap, got me representation and meetings around town.

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It was while I was at Nordstrom’s working – or actually not working, I would routinely disappear into the shoe department so I can avoid customers – that I had the idea for Urban Legend. Horror movies were suddenly hot again after Scream and I’d been wanting to write a movie about urban legends for a while. It seemed like a no-brainer. Anyway, I developed the pitch, sold it and it was one of those things that never happen: I wrote the script, they greenlit the movie almost immediately, shot it and I was at the premiere less than two years after moving out here.

For all the criticism that people heap on the city and the entertainment business in particular, there’s very few places where someone can literally move out with no money and zero connections, yet on the basis of luck, timing and a little talent, succeed.

Continue reading the LAist Interview with Silvio Horta after the jump!