Wednesday, 09 March 2016 05:58

5 essential skills every Producer (and human) can use.

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In Hollywood they say everyone wants to be a Director.

Well from my little corner in Hwood I say everyone wants to be a Producer. And the funny thing is, we all are. Not that I want anyone to take my job (don’t even think about it) but if you are wondering how to become a producer in Hollywood or get better at anything you strive for, I think you need look no farther than your own life to see how you do in these areas.

Listening: How we listen not only impacts what we say but is also the foundation of all of our relationships. A skill that we aren’t taught in school, listening is the gateway to learning and making people feel that they are valuable. Take some time to tune into what kind of listener you are and develop the skill of real engagement with your mind and heart. You may discover gold where you did not know it existed before. When the people we are with feel heard they are empowered to be the best they can be.

Curiosity: Producers are always asking who, what, why, and how and that curiosity finds ways to make the impossible possible in countless situations. Nurturing your curiosity cultivates an atmosphere of openness and encourages others to be creative.

Open to Feedback: Putting your ego aside is a helpful skill when you are constantly exposing your ideas to others and bringing people together for a common goal. Be willing to learn from your mistakes and find the learning in every situation.

Flexibility: flex·i·bil·i·ty
1. the quality of bending easily without breaking….what else needs to be said? We all benefit from the ability to adapt and adjust with the greatest of ease in any area of life.

Collaboration: Producing, like any business or family for that matter, requires teamwork. Your chose your team because they are dreamers and creative problem solvers and everyone benefits when you foster creativity. Leave your door open for input and ideas and watch everyone work smarter, together, and have more fun.

"If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself."
- Henry Ford

See you on set!



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Jessie Marcus

An award-winning producer, Jessie is known for her ingenuity, positive outlook, calm disposition and sense of humor, all valuable skills when working with networks, studios, and agencies with strong personalities in high-pressure situations.

With over a decade of experience as a freelance Producer, Jessie can be found shooting projects on the high seas with Disney, backstage with BET, on the streets of NYC with USA network and Freeform, as well as worldwide with the likes of Oxygen, TBS, E! Entertainment, and others.

Her numerous credits include projects ranging from commercials, movie and TV promos to music videos, co-branded entertainment, magazine shows, interactive media, documentaries, and PSA’s. She loves what she does and it shows!

Jessie completed a 3-year Master’s Program in Spiritual Psychology, adding another tool to her bag of tricks and bringing those skills to the fast-paced, quick turnaround, production world as well as to her life coaching practice.

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