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Rising Stars: Meet Paige Dorian

Today we’d like to introduce you to Paige Dorian.

Hi Paige, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I always had jobs in service-related industries including working as an executive assistant for many years. Looking for a career change in 2011, a dear friend, who is an agent, suggested I check out production and introduced me to the world. I immediately loved the fast-paced nature of being on set and realized you could work really hard and help a group of people bring their creative vision alive. Slowly I connected with more producers, photographers and directors and luckily, the work followed and hasn’t stopped since.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It has been an exciting road, and like anything else has had its challenges! I think the main hurdle was to go from smaller projects that were sporadic to a more predictable and steady stream of clients. I’m so lucky to have always connected with great people and continue to work with them. At some point, it just became a situation where time was flying by and I was busier than I’d ever been.

One other thing that has been challenging for me is to balance not only my personal life with my work life but to not overload myself with too much on my plate. I was able to bring on some team-members full-time and also have a great network of freelances as well, so the balance is much more aligned than it has been over the years.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I see the job of a producer as helping creative people make great things. That might sound simple, but I’m not one for a lot of flowery adjectives. The bottom line is that I have to organize the details and be on top of every department so the shoot goes smoothly and everyone walks away with what they wanted.

Obviously in any line of work, we can get tired, frustrated, annoyed… all of that is real. When I catch myself feeling a bit too cranky, I take a minute and look over what I’m doing or not doing and see where I can fix things. Sometimes it’s more communication with someone, sometimes it’s slowing down and not doing too many things at once. Whatever it is, it has to get fixed so I can get back on track to feeling happy about what I’m working on.

I try to only work with people that have a good attitude and enjoy what they do too so that really helps. Certainly, that isn’t always possible, but there is still something to be learned on every shoot and I keep that at the forefront.

Networking and finding a mentor can have such a positive impact on one’s life and career. Any advice?
When it comes to networking, the most success I’ve had is to talk to my friends. I like keeping in touch and finding out what they are doing professionally and sharing what I’m doing. So many times, we have introduced each other to people that eventually led to work in some way.

In terms of promotion, over the years I’ve also emailed photographers and directors when their work has really moved me in some way and told them very specifically what it was. That coupled with email blasts to people in my field with a short and simple note about what we do at my company has been helpful. I think there is a balance, and spamming someone too often with tons of communication is not great. Making it real and thoughtful is the best bet.

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Dana Neibert, Dave Hill, Coty Tarr, Chris Straley, Atiba Jefferson, Jenna Saint Martin, Steven Counts

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