Build Your Own Ladder

April 07 2016

I once lucked-into a conversation with Scooter Braun, the prolific manager of Justin Bieber. He shared an interesting piece of his professional philosophy: Never ask for introductions to people. Instead, work hard enough that they want an introduction to you.

It's a fascinating way to think about breaking into an industry - if successful people want to meet you, then you're doing something interesting. Said another way, instead of struggling your way up the industry ladder, you should start building your own ladder until people notice.

As I start to pursue filmmaking full-time next month, I want to hear stories or advice about how others have broken into a new industry (entertainment or otherwise). I'll compile the answers and share a single digest with those who contribute.

Thanks for reading.

Will Dennis
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New York City

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