Sometimes it is only a few calls, but rarely. And that’s not the ‘magic bullet’—it’s your relationships, credits (this business hinges on your IMDB credits), experience and track record. You typically won’t get heard without having this.
Imagine how many people are trying to get the attention of busy entertainment professionals who can move a project forward or finance it. It’s ridiculously hard to get through to the right influential people—because it’s designed that way!