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Check Out Gerard George’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gerard George.

Hi Gerard, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I started my company back in 2018. I had no idea what I was doing and was pressured into creating it. However, that’s another story for a different day.

My journey to where I am today was disorganized and accidental but completely necessary. I originally graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and landed my first job working in a pleasant organization that traded small securities (stocks). I knew early on that this wasn’t the place for me. On the day I got promoted, I handed in my two-week notice in exchange for interning at a theatrical booking agency, where I learned an insurmountable amount of information about the entertainment industry.

At that time, I still didn’t feel at home and wanted to explore more options. So, in my search to find that missing creative piece, I was presented with an opportunity to work on a short film, which essentially changed everything!

While everyone complained about the cold and other minuscule things on set, I was having a blast! I was approached by a crew member who suggested I look into going to school for film and television if I was enjoying that atmosphere, and that’s what I did.

The following year I was in graduate school for film and television production focused on writing and producing.

Since then, I’ve been able to work my way up from a Production Assistant to a Story Associate Producer and eventually an Agent representing below-the-line talent.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Of course, there have been challenges! Trying to turn your passion into your livelihood will often present constant hardships, no matter the discipline, especially in the entertainment industry. Having multiple interests and wearing various hats within this industry is a balancing act that’s challenging to maintain.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I thoroughly enjoy writing, whether it’s literature for children or adults, poetry, or screenplays in my spare time. Collaborating with like-minded individuals across the country has allowed me to have multiple screenwriting partners across different genres and viewing platforms.

The goal is to create a perfect harmony of my work and other passions, which I believe I’ll accomplish in 2022 without sacrificing one over the other.

Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
People need to attend events in the areas or adjacent fields they’re interested in. Try not to be a fly on the wall, talk, even if it’s briefly to one person. To me, one of the most important things is to make sure you’re being your authentic self. I find it relatively easy to pick out the people showboating.

If you happen to admire someone, don’t be afraid to try and reach out to them via email, social media, etc. I feel as though many “intimidating” people in the industry are very nice and willing to help or impart some knowledge to those trying to make it.

When I’m further along in my career, it would be an honor for people to reach out for mentorships. Scratch that…I’m happy to do that now!

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