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Meet Lauren Peacock

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lauren Peacock.

Lauren, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I guess it really started when I was in 1st grade and I somehow found myself as a supporting role playing an important mouse in the Christmas play. That must be the real reason where I developed my love of cheese – all those string cheese snacks in between lines at rehearsals to keep me entertained at the ripe ol’ age of six. In all seriousness though, I had a passion for acting, writing and creating all throughout my childhood and into high school. Drama club was an outlet for me, and even though there is politics in any activity you choose to get yourself involved in (even in the real world), I was able to find my footing in it.

Landing a scholarship, even at a smaller liberal arts college, led me to opportunities such as the Cannes Film Festival where I really was able to see the industry as a business. As much as I loved performing, this opened my eyes to becoming a Producer. I loved how you could be creative but be involved in business decisions. I felt like it fit my personality. I’ve always liked the idea of something script to screen, and learning from my experience at Cannes for the month that I was there with the Ampav program really prepared me for things ahead. Of course, it’s all about networking in the industry and my first job out of college was through a friend of a friend. It was great experience and I learned a lot. Nothing that I learned, or could have learned, from a textbook. These experiences after kept growing. I’ve had the pleasure of working for networks like ABC, NBC, USA and clients like Lindsey Vonn, Wiz Khalifa, the Honda Classic. Just some really incredible people.

I started developing my own projects and writing a lot the last four years, which led me to write my own memoir based on some past experiences with my divorce and dating. I think dating in your late 20’s and 30’s, especially with the way it is today where everything is online, can be challenging. I wanted to share my experiences with women out there who may have gone through some similar struggles. I was just so humbled that my book “Female. Likes Cheese. Comes with Dog: Stories about Divorce, Dating & Saying I Do” hit #1 on Amazon. I’m definitely still enjoying this journey of producing and writing. I’m very fortunate to be able to work with creative people and continue to learn everyday something to help my career. I never stop growing.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I believe if it’s smooth, then you’re not learning anything. After my divorce, it was definitely difficult. I questioned if I should leave the business altogether. If I should do something else. If I was a better fit for another business. I did take some time off, but my heart pulled me back in. The thing about the entertainment industry is that it is a constant struggle because there is so much unknown. Is someone going to like what I put out there? Do they think I’m funny? What if this next movie bombs? If I focus all my attention on those things, then I’m not focusing on the right things. Some things work, and some things don’t. Not everything is for everyone either. You have to believe in what you’re doing and drown out the rest of the noise.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am an Author, Producer and Humorist that has worked on various projects in the industry as well as had a #1 book on Amazon. I’ve been featured on ABC, FOX, NBC, Authority Magazine, and Swaay (among others) as a dating and relationship expert. I’m very proud of being able to just work in this industry to be honest. So many people take it for granted and I continue to be grateful for everything that comes my way. I think what sets me apart from others in my authenticity and relatability. What you see is what you get with me and I believe in seeing the humor in a lot of things.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Your failures. Mickey Rooney once said, “You always pass failures on your way to success”. You’re not going to know what works and doesn’t work if you don’t throw everything up at the wall and see what sticks. So, each year, I throw a lot of shit at the wall and see what sticks and what doesn’t. Then I put a game plan together. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. But I don’t stop trying. I don’t give up.

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Brian To Photography, Barry J Holmes

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