Christine, an Independent Producer in Los Angeles & New York
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I'm a writer, producer, director who has worked at various major outlets over the course of my career. It's been a wild ride that has taken me from traditional broadcast television to digital television.
I grew up in Los Angeles and even though my parents didn't work in the industry you can't help but be surrounded by it. I grew up going to television show tapings, taking acting classes, and being surrounded by creative people. When I was in junior high school, I remember going to a Steve Harvey show taping and seeing in action on set Winifred Hervey (the Executive Producer) at the time. She was this powerful black woman who was running things and at that moment I knew I wanted to be a producer.
How would you explain your job title to a child?
A producer makes it all happen. A producer can wear a variety of hats: creative, financial, and/or logistics. But they're putting all of the puzzle pieces together that go into making sure a creative idea turns into an actual product.
What were important steps you had to take in order to be at your current position?
If you're thinking about a career in entertainment internships are really important. If you can move to either Los Angeles or New York that will also help you immensely.
Do you know the percentage of black women working in your field, if so how much?
I don't but it's unfortunately not that many. But since the community is so small the support is amazing.
What are some things that you love about your job/career? Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I love the fact that you can have an idea and manifest it into an actual product that people can watch. In 5 years hopefully I'm still working on projects I love and care about.
What advice would you give someone trying to pursue your career or any related career?
Don't give up and surround yourself with people who want to see you succeed. Also, realize that it's not just about you. Help your peers in the same way that you would want to be helped.
What advice do you have for someone first coming into a professional space?
Work hard. Be kind. Manage up but don't kick down.
www.barelyadultswebseries.com is the web series that I recently wrote, produced, and directed.
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