I’m back and I hope you are having a fabulous summer!
After a short hiatus I am happy to be back writing, connecting, and hopefully sharing some helpful tips to further your career in production or whatever your dream job may be. And I want to hear from you.
With nearly two decades under my belt in the entertainment business, I have experiences, ideas, suggestions, and encouragement to share with you but I would also love to know what’s on your mind.
What concerns, ideas, thoughts, questions, do you have on how to succeed in production? What myths, musts and must not’s are you curious about? I’m happy to share my perspective and in the weeks to come I’ll also ask questions to people that I think are some of the best in the biz and get answers and inspiration on what success is to them and share their wisdom with you.
And that brings me to what’s on my mind today; learning from others. Yes, we live in a “be independent find your own way entrepreneurs world” but there is something to be said for having someone with mastery and experience as a trusted advisor and inspiration along your career path.
Even though you may know your way around a keynote presentation better than most, be confident and clear in where you are going, and feel fearless, you can definitely benefit from making an alliance with someone whose job you one day hope to have or even supersede.
My formal schooling to become a producer was on set and in the trenches so each person who mentored me along the way was an important and valuable part of my success. The insight and guidance I had access to by having mentors gave looks into the inner sanctum as well as an accelerated learning path to becoming a producer.
So here’s a bit of encouragement to consider finding a mentor and some of the advantages if you chose to find one.
- You stand to gain. Forming a relationship with a seasoned professional who is willing to share their knowledge can help you avoid mistakes and fast track your career. Working in the industry they are already surrounded by other working professionals and could introduce you to other influencers in the field. They may know of job opportunities before they hit the street and give you the introduction that gets you in the door with Spielberg. They may have access to events where you can network and they can offer perspective and support in honing your skill set.
- Find someone whose work you respect and admire. In this Google age, you’d be surprised how successful you can be in finding that directors rep, casting agent, or producer and reach out to them with your intention and request. Check Facebook groups, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, entertainment industry blogs, to name a few. There’s even: https://findamentor.com/about-findamentor/
- It’s a two-way street. A successful mentee/mentor relationship is an invaluable experience for both parties but to create the best relationship possible each person should be clear on the intention and the role they play. Identify the learning goals going in and make a commitment to conversations and meetings that work for both of you. There are no formulas so the sky’s the limit, but being committed to following through and showing up is essential to make the relationship work. A great mentor and mentee are difference makers in each other’s lives.
Looking forward to hearing from you!