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Gumption and a shoe phone got me my first Hollywood job

“Gumption Miss McGill.” One of my favorite lines from one of my favorite movies. Melanie Griffith was nominated for an Oscar for her role as Tess McGill in Working Girl. Mike Nichols brilliantly directed this movie about a New York City […]

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Thank you, Jay Leno

Fall semester of my junior year at Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y., I decided to study “abroad.” And by “abroad” I mean Los Angeles, and the choice of study was comedy. Ithaca happens to have an excellent communications school in […]

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What I learned my first day in showbiz

Even though I studied Broadcasting & Film and was aiming for a career in entertainment, I kind of stumbled into the industry in what, at the time, was an unlikely place: Minneapolis. But my first day in showbiz, I learned […]

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‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ opened my mind

My first dream of being in the entertainment industry was based on Conan O’Brien. Specifically, I wanted to work for him or, better yet, turn into him somehow. He was awkward, self-deprecating, funny, and got to hang out with celebs. […]


Busy production company seeks receptionist

My first job in Hollywood came from a blind ad in The Hollywood Reporter. I was armed with my three-week-old Radio-TV-Film degree from the University of Texas and eager to start my career in movies and TV. I wanted to […]

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