First of all, before I even get into this Entertainment Is Female panel and the amazing advice these women mentioned in their chat today, I just wanna say that these women are incredible!
I love that they do this panel each year!
If there’s anything I’ve learned over the years from my coach Brandi (who runs the Courage To Earn community) and Amiyrah (owner of 4 Hats and Frugal, who has been helping me level up since I joined her entertainment retreat, The Geekly Retreat, last year, and even before that, and still does to this day) is that sticking together, and helping each other up is really how you get where you need to be!
Women empowering other women, and helping other women, has really been what keeps me going in my lowest moments and I’m grateful for the tribes that I’m in.
I guess while I’m shouting out wonderful Black women who’ve helped me get to where I am today I’ll also mention my pain in the ass, but amazing friend, Tanay (who runs Life With Tanay) since she’s the one that deals with my madness on a daily basis and always throws my hat in the ring, or reminds me to keep going because I’m great.
There are a ton of other women who are just as amazing as the women I saw spoke today but this “intro section” is long enough right?
Okay, now that I’ve gotten that out the way … let’s jump into this advice, shall we?
(Just so you know, if you want to watch the full panel, the YouTube video is at the end of this post. If not … just keep reading.)
Oh and if you know absolutely nothing about this Entertainment Is Female Comic-Con panel then here’s a bit more about it.
About The Entertainment Is Female Comic-Con At Home Panel
From the companies that brought you Transformers, the LEGO movies, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, The Walking Dead, Lumberjanes, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, women executives discuss how they are pushing for female representation in Hollywood while adapting comics and games to the big screen.
Moderator Tiffany Smith (actress and presenter), along with panelists Jeannette Francis (Bad Robot), Mette Norkjaer (BOOM! Studios), Grey Cusack (Entertainment One), Aubrey Lee (Lord Miller), Nikki Baida (Lord Miller), and Sam Crawley (Skybound Entertainment) will partake in a talk about the film and television industry.
Now here are …
4 Great Pieces Of Advice From Entertainment Executives If You’re Looking To Get Into The Industry
1. Target the companies you’d like to work for and cold call them.
I remember a time where this method was looked down on, but these ladies all agree that calling the company you actually would like to work for, could help! The thing is though, it may not work overnight, and it probably involves a lot of consistency, amongst a ton of other things. Oh and if you can actually find the email address, emails work too.
However – you’re not just calling to beg for a job. Sam actually says that calling the person who held the position she really wanted, and becoming their friend actually worked for her.
This isn’t about making friends just to get ahead though. (See number 3 if you think I’m crazy.) However, it is about networking with the right people, in positions that may help you get where you need to be in the future.
After Sam called the staff member and told him she’d be in his very position one day, they exchanged contact information and actually formed a friendship. It wasn’t until much later when he quit that job, that Sam was able to slide on in. And why? Because he thought of her when it was time for him to leave, and let her know the spot would be available.
So yeah, sometimes the unconventional methods really do work.
However, that’s not all, sometimes you also have to speak it into existence and …
2. Tell every single person in your life what you want to do.
Yup, as crazy as this one sounds, my tribe and mentors have been telling me this for years! Speak it into the world and it shall happen.
But it doesn’t just magically happen if that’s what you’re wondering!
Actually, they say not only should you speak it out loud, to yourself and to your friends, but that you should tell EVERYONE! Not just those you think will help you level up either.
Because honestly, you never really know who might be able to help. Sometimes the girl that makes your smoothies in the morning is actually friends with the guy currently making a new movie and she could be your way in!
So tell everyone!
This is one I need to absolutely work on. So I’ll practice now, in case Christmas Dinner isn’t canceled this year.
However, as mentioned in number 1, none of these will work if you’re not genuine, so …
3. Be genuine!!!
Even if you don’t know exactly what you want, it serves you well to be genuine.
As Tiffany said, we can all tell when someone is reaching out and saying one thing when they really mean another.
Trust me, intuition is a serious thing! So when you’re reaching out to folks, don’t just do it because you think they can help you up, do it so you can really learn from them!
Oh, and while you’re at it, please remember that no matter what level they’re at, they’re still human. Even the celebs we “covet” not me, y’all, *ahem* … are still human, and I’m pretty sure they appreciate it more when folks ask them questions and talk to them as such.
Last but not least, make sure you always …
4. Put your best foot forward.
My dad has drilled this one into my head ever since I was small.
Value everyone because you never know who you’ll work with next, and that janitor you talk down on today could very well be your boss or the person who’s hiring for that company you just applied for a year from now.
Everyone moves around, especially in the entertainment industry, so just be kind and be the best you! (And this one’s straight from my dad – work like you’re being paid, even when you’re not.)
And that’s pretty much it!
If you’re really looking to join this space this year, I really recommend watching the full panel, since I didn’t cover the entire Entertainment Is Female panel. It was great.
Watch the full panel below