Jessica Sitomer
Seminars and Coaching for the Entertainment Industry
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Forrest Gump

I had a great time working on a Nickelodeon show this month... I took a lesson from Forrest Gump and have gone with the flow! In today’s Jess Gets Reel Video, I share my journey… and my craving for chocolate Watch the video...
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BACKDRAFT

A Smokin' Hot Networking Tip

In Backdraft Two Chicago firefighter brothers who don't get along have to work together while a dangerous arsonist is on the loose. In the entertainment industry, you don’t always get to choose with whom you work, but, the more people you know, the more likely you are to work with likeminded people!

I once walked into a room where I was about to give a seminar on networking and a cheerful looking man walked up to me and handed me his business card.  I took it, looked at him, and waited.  He said, “I just wanted you to have that before the business card barrage at the end.” I thanked him, and asked if it was okay if I used him as an example during my talk.  He lit up and nodded that it was okay.

Perhaps he thought his was a smart strategy, and I wanted to acknowledge him… but you know I wouldn’t be writing about it if that were the case.  While he did stand out by avoiding the fire-hosing of cards I “would have” received at the end of my talk (had I not made a gentle example of him), he still missed the “When & Why” you give a business card.

Want to know a human need you can tap into to take the pressure off of networking?  Add a comment

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IRON MAN

Inventing Your Career

Tony Stark wasn’t bitten by a spider, he didn’t come from another planet, he was not born a mutant... Tony is an inventor. A Super Hero, yes, because he created that for himself.

In 2010, I was stuck. If you haven’t heard my story, you should check out my Jess Gets Reel videos on YouTube. I had goals; to make money as an actress, to write, to travel, to spend time with my family, to try things I’d never done before on my “Bucket List,” and to change peoples’ lives through my entrepreneurial ventures (which at the time was just Greenlight).

That’s an awful lot to accomplish unless you’re a Super Hero and your power is multiplicity (the power I’d pick if I had a choice.. I would love to be in 10 places at once). So, I had to “invent” my life the way Tony invented Ironman.

In the last 2 years, I’ve made more money and been busier as an actress than I have in my entire career combined, I am writing the second installment of a fiction book series that I started in 2011, and have 3 treatments for screenplays, I’ve traveled to more than 18 cities (a couple numerous times), I’ve spent quality time with family, friends, and crossed some things off my bucket list. And through it all, I continue to change lives through 3 businesses I now own.

I share this with you because something shifted in me that caused me to invent the life I wanted to live, and YOU can do it to. Here’s how: Add a comment

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