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I want to talk about the importance of Mentoring someone who has a desire to enter a profession, with limited knowledge/experience. Many of us can remember being helped by someone who might have had a keen interest in our well being, and shared their knowledge and experience with us freely. This would have helped to develop skills that we could use over our lifetime.
That is exactly how I got started in this business at the ripe young age of "17", oops did I say that??! Yes, 17...just fresh out of high school, four months after working a boring office job surrounded by chemical and mechanical engineers-I had the nerve to approach an agent and ask them to hire me, or else I said, I would find a suitable job likely with their competitor. It was my dream to be a performer when I was young, but there was no one there to fuel that fire-to help me develop the skills I would need to continue on after high school.
There is nothing worse that having no one to direct, to counsel, or even advise. Ultimately, I abandoned the idea of playing in an orchestra, and set out to work. I had to-as I needed to be self-sufficient and fast. I was on my on my own. While my friends were off pursuing the higher education I could not afford, this business, was there on the flip side, welcoming me with open arms-where ultimately I found the place I felt I belonged--and lost myself in my my work. I have no regrets, just wished at times there was someone who could share the ups and downs with me along the way.
The relationship that was built then with my own mentor played a crucial part in my personal and professional development. I still look back even now, and feel somewhat saddened by the fact, that we lost contact over the years, and she is no longer in this industry. Of course, I made mistakes, I did things I can honestly say I wished I did differently-but overall, I am happy with the end result of who I am today. Little did I know that even after years away from this business to raise my twin sons and travel/live abroad--that I would still be here as passionate as ever, and determined to do what I can to help others who burn with the same passion I had then, and still have now.
I would like to introduce to you- "Samantha Hayes" who has embraced the opportunity to learn all she can about this industry from the perspective of an agent in order to help fulfill her future goals and ambitions.
L.A. Entertainment welcomes her warmly. This mentorship will hopefully serve as yet another reminder of how vitally important the trusting relationships are that we have built and fostered along the way!
I hope you enjoy your experiences, and share them with others down the road one day in whatever you do-
by giving back to someone who might remind you of yourself one day. Pay it forward Samantha. You certainly remind me of my own self and my own ambitions when I started, and that is a lovely thing.
Determination, Persistence and Time have a funny way of making things work out.
Thanks for reminding me of that. Liisa.