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Industry Tips >> Truly Gifted: Producing the Greatest Story of All

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This time of year I usually find myself reflecting on what has taken place over the last 12 months and contemplating what I hope will happen in the year to come.  It’s an interesting combination of celebrating accomplishments and wondering what might have been if things had gone the way I had preferred

If all the meetings, budgets and presentations I had prepared turned into projects would I be happier, richer, and thinner?  If I had more clients and worked with more celebrities would I be more appreciated and loveable?  If I hadn’t made any mistakes would I be in such demand that my assistant would have an assistant?  If I had an assistant that is!


With the year coming to a close and another beginning it’s a potent time to check in and see if you are in alignment with your career path and personal goals and consider what can support you going forward.  No matter where you find your self in relation to where you imagined or hoped you would be, there is incredible opportunity right now to recommit to doing what you love and being who you were meant to be.

Whether you are in the entertainment industry or the food industry consider going into the next year and the next moment with these ideas as your companion.

• Become a Director: On set the person responsible for the vision and the execution of that vision is the Director.  Yes, there are multitudes of people who make that vision come to life, but it is ultimately the Director who is held accountable for what you see on screen.  Take charge of the vision of your life and gather the people around you to make that vision come true.

• Create A Storyboard: Before commercials, movies, promos, or almost anything is ever filmed the story is created in pictures.  It is an effective way to communicate how the story will be told and gather feedback from all the departments.  Designing and creating a storyboard or vision board for your year to come is a powerful tool that is fun and can inspire you all year long.  Check out this link for some inspiration.

• Take Meetings: One of the proven qualities that happy and successful people share is spending time with the right people.  Find your tribe and work together to support each other in making a difference in your lives and the lives of others.  If you are determined this year to become a make-up artist or write that screenplay connect with like-minded focused people and you’ve taken the first step.

• Write Your Acceptance Speech: You’ve probably heard stories about how Jim Carrey wrote a 12 million dollar check to himself and carried it around in his pocket until one day, he actually received a check for 12 million dollars!!  Google it. It’s true. Practice your Emmy winning speech, your American Music Awards acceptance speech; you your wedding vows. Each time you envision yourself where you want to be you are telling your brain and the universe that this is the direction you are going and it responds to support you.

And most of all,

• Be Kind to Yourself: Take a chance and see all the “mistakes” and challenges as important ingredients that have value in your life.  If things didn’t go quite the way you had imagined this year take the lessons as the win and look for the victories that are there too.  Make your happiness a priority and you may find your work in the world becomes more effortless.

Wishing you and yours a healthy, happy, holiday season.

See you on set,


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Jessie Marcus

An award-winning Producer, Jessie is known for her ingenuity, positive outlook, calm disposition and sense of humor, all valuable skills when working with networks, studios, and agencies with strong personalities in high-pressure situations.

This year alone has found Jessie shooting projects on the streets of Park City, Utah and the waters of the Caribbean, from the home of multi-platinum rapper Nelly, to the office of Vice President Joe Biden.

Her numerous credits include projects ranging from commercials, movie and TV promos to music videos, co-branded entertainment, magazine shows, interactive media, documentaries, and PSA’s. She loves what she does and it shows!

In 2010 Jessie completed a 3-year Master’s Program in Spiritual Psychology, adding another tool to her bag of tricks and bringing those skills to the fast paced, quick turnaround, production world as well as to her life coaching practice.

Jessie can be reached for comments, questions, coaching sessions or production work!

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