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Listen to these Top Female Mentors in the Entertainment industry discuss how they started and how they moved up. From Showrunners to Network Executives to Directors to Writers. Continue Reading >> Listen to these Top Female Mentors in the Entertainment industry discuss how they started and how they moved up. From Showrunners to Network Executives to Directors to Writers. << Show Less
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Erika Karnell - From Public Relations Temp to Talent Agent at BRS/GAGE Talent Agency Erika Karnell is an Agent with BRS/GAGE Talent Agency, representing actors in TV, Film, and Theater. BRS/GAGE clients include Series Regulars and recurring actors on Station 19, Claws, and Madam Secretary, as well as Guest Stars on NCIS: New Orleans, Elementary, Gotham, and Mr. Robot. BRS/GAGE Talent agency clients have appeared in almost every Broadway musical, including The Lion King, Aladdin, Hamilton, Come From Away, Moulin Rouge, and Waitress.
In this episode, we talk about:
• Why she knew instantly that she wanted to work for The Gage group
• What's a "medium sized" Talent Agency and why BRS/GAGE Talent operates like a boutique agency
• What it means to operate with a "Team approach" as opposed to a "Point person approach"
• What's her pitch strategy to Casting Directors
• How to climb up the ladder in an Agency
• What are the type of clients that should reach out to BRS/GAGE Talent? How does she meet her client?
• Working with developmental actors (And what that means)
• Why she loves teaching actors
• Does she like when actors write to her about roles
• Why it's not a good idea for actors to go to LA for pilot season
• How she started at The National Association of Talent Representatives
Resources:
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/erika-karnell-3140863
IMDB:
Twitter: @
Host:
Instagram: @MentorsontheMic @MichelleSimoneMiller
Twitter: @MentorsontheMic @MichelleSimoneM
Mentors on the Mic Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mentorsonthemic
Website: www.michellesimonemiller.com
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/24mmichelle
Naz Perez - From working at Ellen to TV Host & Correspondent for Rotten Tomatoes, E! and the Dodgers Naz Perez is a TV Producer, Host &amp; Podcaster. She is a true Renaissance Woman, juggling hosting responsibilities at Rotten Tomatoes, Dodger Stadium, E! Daily/Nightly Pop, T-Mobile, and the 'I don't get it' podcast. She is currently working her dream job at Rotten Tomatoes, hosting the tri-weekly show "The Ketchup," covering Movies and Television, and the weekly show "Binge Guide" covering what to watch next. After starting out at The Ellen Show and on E! True Hollywood story, she produced 5 seasons of The Bachelor.
Forbes (Jun 15 2020) - “Essentially, you create your dream job by making the work that you’re doing valuable to you and by seeking opportunities that fall in line with who you are deep down.”
In this episode, we talk about:
• Whether she enjoyed working at The Ellen Show
• Being a Stadium Host for Dodger stadium (50,000 people)
• Naz produced 5 seasons of ABC’s The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, and Bachelor in Paradise and 2 Seasons of Freeform’s Happily Ever After: Ben &amp; Lauren, &amp; The Twins.
• Overcoming her perfectionist tendencies and creating her own work
• The origin story of her podcast 'I don't get it' with The Bachelor's Ashley and Lauren Iaconetti
• How she got her Dream job interviewing celebrities at Rotten Tomatoes
• Why she founded Heart Broken Anonymous, the support group for people that are heart broken
• The social experiment that is the Bachelor and what she liked and disliked working there
• Lugged around the phantom camera battery for the NBA organization
• Living in a kids toy room while she worked at Ellen
• Creating the Athletic fashion blog for Style
• Leaving Ellen for a 3 month gig at E!
Resources:
Website: https://nazperez.com/
I don't Get it podcast: https://idontgetit.libsyn.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nazperez/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/naz-perez-b7162b35/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/nazperezz?lang=en
IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6265821/
Rotten Tomatoes segment "The Ketchup": https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&amp;v=GLzxDZpUh-8
Recent Forbes Interview: https://www.forbes.com/sites/rebekahbastian/2020/06/15/trailblazers-naz-pereztv-host-producer-podcaster-and-founder-of-heartbroken-anonymous/?sh=72fe76092b9d
Host:
Instagram: @MentorsontheMic @MichelleSimoneMiller
Twitter: @MentorsontheMic @MichelleSimoneM
Mentors on the Mic Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mentorsonthemic
Website: www.michellesimonemiller.com
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/24mmichelle
Linda Mendoza - From Metromedia/Channel 11 Page to Comedy TV and Film Director Linda Mendoza is an Emmy nominated, Comedy Director Extraordinaire. Her credits are extensive, directing episodes of Scrubs, Gilmore Girls, The Mindy Project, The Good Place, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Ugly Betty, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Grownish, The Chris Rock Show, Girlfriends, The Bernie Mac Show, The Tick, Liv &amp; Maddie, 30 Rock, and many, many more. She has also been the go to Director for many Comedy specials including Tiffany Haddish (Black Mitzvah and 6 episodes of They Ready), Katherine Ryan, Wanda Sykes, Jamie Fox's Laffapalooza, Caroline Rhea, and various Mark Twain Prize specials (Ellen Degeneres, David Letterman, Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Bill Cosby, Carl Reiner, and George Carlin). She has been nominated for 2 DGA Awards, a Primetime Emmy, a NAACP Award, and an ALMA Award (which she won).
In this episode, we talk about:
• Why she gave up $8k a month to work on SNL
• How Bernie Mac helped her transition into Narrative
• Her new TV Special, Yearly Departed, starring Tiffany Haddish, Sarah Silverman, Rachel Brosnahan, Natasha Leggero (Hosted by Phoebe Robinson) Comedy special features eulogies for the year 2020 with a line-up of all-women comedians discussing everything from casual sex to beige Band-Aids and everything in between that we've "lost" in 2020. - Premiering on Amazon Prime Video on December 30th, 2020
• Her first directing experience
• Her Comedy special 'pet peeves'
• Often being told that she was the first female director that a show has ever had
• Her Mentors, including Bruce Gowers (famous for Bohemian Rhapsody Music video)
• BTS on various Mark Twain Specials and Comedy Specials
• What makes her the best at what she does
• How a Mexican girl from Detroit, who everyone thought was Chinese, made it as a TV director
Resources:
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linda_Mendoza
IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0579318/
Yearly Departed: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt13321268/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adetroitmendoza/?hl=en
Host:
Instagram: @MentorsontheMic @MichelleSimoneMiller
Twitter: @MentorsontheMic @MichelleSimoneM
Mentors on the Mic Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mentorsonthemic
Website: www.michellesimonemiller.com
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/24mmichelle
Becoming... Emmy winning Casting Director Julie Schubert Julie Schubert is an Emmy award-winning Casting Director. She has brought some of the best actors to beloved movies and shows. Some of her most notable credits include House of Cards, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Manifest, The Departed, The Devil Wears Prada, 50 Shades Darker, 50 Shades Freed and more. Julie has climbed the ladder from intern to director and is joining us to spill some of her secrets to success.
In this episode we talk about:

How working at her family restaurant business led her to a career in entertainment

What it means to be a casting director and what to look for in an actor

Earning her first casting director credit

The moment she won her first Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Casting

The “local hire” conundrum

Tips on how to shoot a self tape audition

How to become a casting director and where to find casting training programs

Resources:
IMDB
Emmy Awards and Nominations
If you like this episode, check out Episode 1.12 to hear about Casting Director Kim Graham (who cast me in SHOWTIME's Homeland)
Host:
Instagram: @MentorsontheMic @MichelleSimoneMiller
Twitter: @MentorsontheMic @MichelleSimoneM
Facebook page Website Youtube
Julie Schubert - Becoming... an Emmy winning Casting Director Julie Schubert is an Emmy award-winning Casting Director. She has brought some of the best actors to beloved movies and shows. Some of her most notable credits include House of Cards, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Manifest, The Departed, The Devil Wears Prada, 50 Shades Darker, 50 Shades Freed and more. Julie has climbed the ladder from intern to director and is joining us to spill some of her secrets to success.
In this episode we talk about:

How working at her family restaurant business led her to a career in entertainment

What it means to be a casting director and what to look for in an actor

Earning her first casting director credit

The moment she won her first Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Casting

The “local hire” conundrum

Tips on how to shoot a self tape audition

How to become a casting director and where to find casting training programs

Resources:
IMDB
Emmy Awards and Nominations
If you like this episode, check out Episode 1.12 to hear about Casting Director Kim Graham (who cast me in SHOWTIME's Homeland)
Host:
Instagram: @MentorsontheMic @MichelleSimoneMiller
Twitter: @MentorsontheMic @MichelleSimoneM
Facebook page Website Youtube
Becoming... Producer and Award Winning Creative Director Jill Hoppenheim Jill Hoppenheim is the owner and creative director at Bagg Street Productions, an award winning creative content agency known for creating captivating marketing campaigns, branded content, and scripted series for TV/Film including 24, Homeland, The Handmaid’s Tale, Glow, Family Guy and more. Jill has over ten year’s experience in entertainment marketing and breaks down her track to success.
In this episode we talk about:

Her move from Montreal, Canada to Los Angeles while still on her student visa

The job which introduced her to Entertainment Marketing

The launch and inspiration behind Bagg Street Productions

Getting her MFA in Documentary and production

The process behind beginning to create original scripted content

Jill’s top tip for anyone starting out as a content producer

Her favorite kind of stories to tell

Her mentor and inspiration


Resources:
Website: https://www.baggstreet.com/
Imdb: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1673836/
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jill-hoppenheim/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/baggstreet/
Host:
Instagram: @MentorsontheMic @MichelleSimoneMiller
Twitter: @MentorsontheMic @MichelleSimoneM
Mentors on the Mic Facebook page
Website: www.michellesimonemiller.com
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/24mmichelle

13:57 starting a company is like a newborn you couldn’t take your eyes off of it
37:45 2 things that she learned and reminded and kept with her
38:38 your greatest thing as a producer to have is material. you have to love it
41:20 - be creative in pitching and getting meetings
Becoming... Casting Director for Chicago Fire, Med, and PD Jenny Ravitz Jenny Ravitz is a NYC-based casting director at Jonathan Strauss Casting. She is currently casting shows including NBC's hit shows Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Chicago Med. She has years of knowledge of the casting industry after working at some of the top casting offices in New York City. Jenny is here to share her journey and provide an inside look at what it is like to help create a Chicago universe that reaches over 8 million home viewers per episode.
In this episode, we talk about:
• &nbsp;Finding her passion as a Casting Director through working as an Assistant Director
• &nbsp;Working 80 hours a week while interning at Telsey + Company and Cindy Tolan casting offices and bartending at a local sports bar
• &nbsp;The movie that connected Jenny and Michelle for the first time
• &nbsp;The important role of identity, visibility, and authentic representation in casting
• &nbsp;An inside look at how Jenny reviews auditions, makes selects, and presents an offer
• &nbsp;How agent pitches can help or hurt an actor (and if she reads all of them!)
• &nbsp;The benefit of self tapes over actor reels
• &nbsp;Whether she likes slate shots
• &nbsp;The national reach of the shows she casts
IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5989503/
Instagram: www.instagram.com/jennyravitzcasting
Host:
Instagram: @MentorsontheMic @MichelleSimoneMiller
Twitter: @MentorsontheMic @MichelleSimoneM
Mentors on the Mic Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mentorsonthemic
Website: www.michellesimonemiller.com
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/24mmichelle
Becoming... Producer of South by Southwest Critic's Pick and Director Winter Dunn Winter Dunn is an award winning producer, director and actress. She produced Numa Perrier’s debut feature film, JEZEBEL which premiered at SXSW 2019 and was awarded Best Narrative Feature at the American Black Film Festival that same year. JEZEBEL has been acquired by Ava DuVernay and is currently streaming on Netflix.
Previously, Winter served as a producer / director for media maven Condé Nast Entertainment. Her celebrity video features for Vanity Fair, Vogue, Architectural Digest, GQ, Allure and other media brands have garnered over 60 million views and counting.
Most recently, Dunn directed season one of SoulPancake, Overbrook and 206 Productions’ upcoming docuseries, “All Her with Angela Rye'' for Quibi. Check out Winter Dunn Productions’ debut film, JUNEBUG, which premiered at the 2020 American Black Film Festival, streaming on FoxSoul and Tubi.
She is a 2021 Project Involve Directing Fellow with Film Independent.
In this episode we talk about:&nbsp;
• &nbsp;Landing her first PA gig for a Black independent production company&nbsp;
• &nbsp;The making of Jezebel from concept and production, to post and delivery&nbsp;
• &nbsp;Manifesting Netflix and SXSW for Jezebel, including what it was like when Ava Duvernay's distribution company ARRAY acquired the film in January 2020 and released it on Netflix.&nbsp;&nbsp;
• &nbsp;Going to SXSW and how the Jezebel team set themselves apart to sold out theaters&nbsp;
• &nbsp;Learning how to be a producer&nbsp;
• &nbsp;Working at Conde Nast and understanding how to execute specific brand voices (including her work with Kim and Kanye (Architectural Digest), Billie Eillish (Vanity Fair's: Same Interview, The Third Year), and more.&nbsp;
• &nbsp;How creating web series content evolved into creating longer form series and features&nbsp;
• &nbsp;Authentic portrayals of POC and the importance of telling Black stories by Black voices&nbsp;
• &nbsp;Her thoughts on being a Directing Fellow with Film Independent&nbsp;
IMDB Website Instagram
Host:&nbsp;
Instagram: @MentorsontheMic @MichelleSimoneMiller&nbsp;
Twitter: @MentorsontheMic @MichelleSimoneM&nbsp;
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mentorsonthemic&nbsp;
Website: www.michellesimonemiller.com&nbsp;
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/24mmichelle
Becoming... Television Writer and Award-Winning Filmmaker Felicia Pride Felicia Pride is a writer and an award-winning filmmaker. She was a writer on Ava DuVernay’s “Queen Sugar” for two seasons and is currently a writer on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy.” She developed a drama pilot, a book adaptation, with NBCUniversal and sold a pilot to 20th Century FOX. She sold the erotic romance Deeper to Universal Pictures and is the co-writer and executive producer of the 2020 feature film Really Love, starring Kofi Siriboe alongside Naturi Naughton and Emmy-winner Uzo Aduba. More recently, Felicia is known for her directorial debut, tender. In 2020, tender screened at over 20+ film festivals including Reel Sistas, ABFF, Urbanworld, Frameline44, and the Seattle Black Film Festival where Pride won Best Director and won a Lionsgate / STARZ award at the BlackStar Film Festival.
Pride eventually became an author herself in 2008, penning six books, including the young adult novel, PATTERSON HEIGHTS, recognized by the American Library Association. She was tapped by Simon &amp; Schuster to pen two books in their EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS book series based on the hit show.
In this episode, we talk about:
• &nbsp;Working on my favorite show "Grey's Anatomy" after working on 2 seasons of "Queen Sugar," including how she started working on both and the transition from one to the other
• Her thoughts on Fellowships and being a Screenwriting Fellow for Film Independent and an NBC Writer on the Verge with NBC Universal Media
• Her directorial debut tender which screened at over 20+ film festivals and how she approached that particular film
• Tips to maximize a film's release regarding the marketing, engagement and distribution of your Indie film that she learned as Director of Independent Films at Tugg Inc.
• What Transmedia Storytelling is and how it has influenced her storytelling today
• Writing for VIBE, The Root, Baltimore Sun, and other publications and then becoming a published author in 2008 with 6 books including the YA Novel “Patterson Heights” while working series of jobs as Production Coordinator, Writer, and Producer at various places including Washington Jewish Film Festival, Participant Media, and Twin Cities Public Television.
Wikipedia Website Twitter IMDB Instagram tender
Host:
Instagram: @MentorsontheMic @MichelleSimoneMiller
Twitter: @MentorsontheMic @MichelleSimoneM
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mentorsonthemic
Website: www.michellesimonemiller.com
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/24mmichelle
Becoming... Creative Director at Netflix's Strong Black Lead Kara Barnett Kara Barnett is currently the Creative Director of Strong Black Lead at Netflix (Editorial & Publishing). She is a TEDx Talk speaker, a former Senior Producer and Writer of Branded Content at BET, and has over 10+ years in unscripted casting, development, brand/product integration, editing and more. She had her start as a Casting Associate Producer on America’s Next Top Model, before working different reality shows on Discovery, ITV, CBS, Viacom, OWN, A&E, and BET.
In this episode, we talk about:
• How she got her first job working for ANTM and why she calls the show "LA High School"
• Her TEDx Talk on Imposter Syndrome including tips on how to combat it
• Best tips and trick in navigating life of a freelance producer, working at Networks like BET, AMC, Discovery, ITV, CBS, Viacom, OWN, A&E
• Tips for navigating promotions and salary negotiations
• The hierarchy of unscripted production, specifically the difference between Story Producer, Field Producer and Senior Story Producer
• The stability of her job at BET Digital as a Lead Editorial Producer and moving up to Senior Producer after only a few months, complete with backstage access, creating original content, and BET ON BLACK initiative
• How she had to say no to multiple jobs before getting the right one at BET and who took a chance on her
• Working on I’ll apologize Later weekly visual podcast with Mouse Jones at BET
• How it is to be a Creative Manager at Netflix and the purpose of the Strong Black Lead sub brand
• Working on independent projects such as Exposed: Vashtie Kola, and most recently, a documentary called High Risk, which explores the physical and emotional challenges that Black people face in the United States related to childbirth and racial bias
LinkedIn Instagram IMDB
High Risk Instagram
Trailer for EXPOSED: Vashtie Kola
Host:
Instagram: @MentorsontheMic @MichelleSimoneMiller
Twitter: @MentorsontheMic @MichelleSimoneM
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mentorsonthemic
Website: www.michellesimonemiller.com
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/24mmichelle
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