In the 1995 rom-com While You Were Sleeping, Michael Rispoli plays a creep of a neighbor to Sandra Bullock’s character Lucy. One night on the stairs of their walkup, he invites her to the Ice Capades, curling his lip as he says, “I know a guy.”
Here in Hollywood, everybody knows a guy. If they’re smart, they know a lot of guys…and gals. A theme that keeps emerging from this trip is the power of relationships in this business. Nobody gets anywhere without them. I lost count of the instances where one of our speakers credited a piece of their story to someone else saying, “this guy I go to church with,” or “this other mom at my kid’s preschool,” or “a neighbor of mine…” It’s all about good relationships.
Regent has fostered some pretty amazing ones out here, like our lunch host yesterday at CBS Studio Center, Michael Klausman, president of CBS Studio Center & Senior VP of Operations, CBS Television City.
We toured the grounds with Joe Soukup, Vice President and General Manager of Studio Center, and stood in on a hot set of Entertainment Tonight between visiting the currently dormant set of Parks and Recreation and strolling down New York Street where the city scenes of Seinfeld were shot. It was absolutely surreal.
During lunch, Klausman encouraged us, as all good leaders do, to “be bold.” Former Regent video blogger Hope Ammen did just that and is now interning at CBS Studio Center this summer. “You gotta take the initiative to get started in this business,” he said. “You also have to be willing to start in the mail room.”
That, we can do.
Here’s just a snapshot of our trip to CBS Studio Center:
Amanda Morad is blogging from Los Angeles as she participates in the Regent Hollywood Experience, a two-week total immersion experience in the professional world of Hollywood television.