Armed with a pixelated webcam shot of my face and a 30-second clip of an interview I conducted with a street performer in Times Square, I thought I was ready to take over H-Town in 4-inch stilettos. Needless to say, I was not prepared for the amount of doors that literally slammed shut in my face.
I remember going on audition after audition, with rooms full of girls who looked just like me. After taking countless meetings with no luck for almost a year, I was exhausted and felt totally discouraged. It wasn’t until I stepped back for a couple of weeks that a light bulb went on in my head… I’ve been doing it wrong this whole time! I shouldn’t bet on anyone else to “discover” me, “put me on,” or offer me the contact of a lifetime! I had to bet on myself to create opportunities to kickstart my own career!
I saved up just enough money to buy a $500 Sony camcorder and a karaoke mic, and started interviewing anyone I could find, from Venice Beach to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. I learned how to transcode, video edit, and I even started transcribing all my interviews on a little website called PopStopTV.com. Before I knew it, the traffic of the website was exploding due to our authentic voice, unique style of delivery and all the valuable relationships we built with celebrities, publicists, studios, etc.
The first red carpet I’ve ever covered was Disney’s “Secretariat” premiere back in October, 2010. I was so excited to get a spot for my own website that I didn’t even care we were dead last on the red carpet… I was just glad to be there! From that night on, it’s been an uphill battle to gain brand recognition and learn to become better at my craft every day, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I also remember having a conversation with a writer friend of mine one day who was trying to get into the business. I asked her, “How’s work? Are you working on any scripts?” She replied, “No. I’m trying to get a job as a writer first.” Wait. Hold up. Who the heck is going to hire her as a writer if she’s not already writing? If she’s really passionate about writing, why can’t she write scripts first then pitch it to various places? Why wait for others to give you permission to create?!
BET ON YOURSELF… even if no one else is betting on you! Create because it’s your passion.