• Hate your boss?
• Suck at interviewing?
• Deserve a promotion?
• Can't negotiate your way out of a paper bag?
• Suffering through a professional crisis?
• Have ISSUES?

Then you've hit the right place.

Through brutal honesty and concrete advice, the Reluctant Genius effectively helps you manage all aspects of your job and career. With 18 years of experience in Hollywood, the RG has figured out how to make it to the top AND SURVIVE, somewhat unscathed.

Available for consulting services and speaking engagements. Write to: info@thereluctantgenius.com


(Cont) Genesis of The Reluctant Genius

“Don’t you remember my cheer? ‘B-E-A-G-G-R-E-S-S-I-V-E! Be Aggressive! HEY!’ (In person, I do the entire cheer with full arm flails and perverted leaps to make my point, but on the phone I just yelled.)

“Yea, I know it, but I’m NOT aggressive and now all I hear is that stupid cheer in my head during interviews and it’s distracting!” he quipped back.

“Well, you need to learn to be more aggressive, damnit! You’re out there acting like a puss! You’re not selling yourself! You’re not telling these people what they want to hear and you’re sure as hell not closing the deal!” I was being my normal, tactful self.

“Then teach me."

He stopped my rant dead.

What seemed obvious and easy to me wasn’t to him so I started rattling off things he could do and say. He thought my suggestions were brilliant. “They’re not brilliant, they’re simple!” I hollered. We were laughing, but I was sincerely frustrated. He’s smart – brilliant, actually – and I couldn’t understand why these ideas or strategies didn’t pop into his own head. “These things just come naturally to you, Tracy. Face it. Not everyone has these skills.”

We started talking about the STRATEGIES I create for myself and HOW I PRACTICE THEM. It was all somehow enlightening to him. I said I’d happily help him, but that he’d need to practice and believe in himself and his abilities and that he must adopt these principals as his own; they would have to become second nature. I told him it would feel like he was bullshitting everyone at first, and it would make him extremely UNCOMFORTABLE, but that what he was saying would be TRUE. He needed to learn to BRAG about himself in a HUMBLE way and then he needed to CLOSE THE DEAL. He was still uncertain about his ability to do this, but I promised I would show him how.

Somewhere in the middle of this passionate conversation it dawned on me that I’ve spent literally hundreds of hours on the phone and in-person with friends and colleagues saying the same damned thing! They come to me for advice because they’ve seen me get the jobs I want, stand up for myself, say what I need, verbalize what will work for me, and what won’t. Frankly, it makes me insane that these talented, bright individuals aren’t getting what they want, need or deserve, but it’s because they’re flopping around in their SELF-IMPOSED SEA OF POWERLESSNESS AND FRUSTRATION. They don’t trust their worth, their voice, their power, their credibility, their passion, and their abilities. These friends and co-workers are perpetually aggravated with their situations and for some reason they like the way I do things and accomplish my goals.

So, with this said, here’s the bottom line: You’re whining and complaining and acting like a VICTIM and it’s all you’re fault; You’re out there being too sweet, too likeable, too passive, and too accommodating while others are walking all over you and getting what they want. They’re pulling off the #1 spot, the money, the respect, the titles, and whatever it is you think you should have. You must find your POWER because with it comes RESPECT. When you’re too sweet, too likeable, too passive and too accommodating you’re not RESPECTED, you’re appreciated for sitting quietly in the background. No one has to deal with you ever asking for anything. You’ll just continue to be taken advantage of and you’ll never complain. You’re a dream come true for the people at the top.

You need to learn to B-E-A-G-G-R-E-S-S-I-V-E to get what you want, need and deserve. And guess what? You don’t ever have to be a JERK to do it!

You’ll even be LIKED and I guarantee you’ll be RESPECTED!

Ok, ‘nuff said. You can tell by the caps, exclamation points and choppy sentences that I’m getting all fired up again! Let’s go…..NO WHINING!

LAURA INGRAM -- "DON'T COME IN MY EAR" -- This sums up life in TV



Tracy Mazuer’s coaching skills are entirely responsible for elevating my career and status in the television industry. Tracy has recognized and helped to define a vital yet consistently overlooked part of building and maintaining a successful career in the entertainment industry – how to successfully market yourself.

I have worked in television as a Producer/Director for many years. Prior to discovering Tracy’s abilities, I promoted myself so poorly that...(read more of this testimonial)

"In a town that really has no rules, its nice to know that there's someone out there on your side. The stories use the entertainment business as a background, but all the examples and lessons are applicable to anyone in the working world. And coming from someone that has been getting advice from the Reluctant Genius for over 8 years, let me just say...Its worth the read!" - David Tobin, Producer

"Tracy has been a great coach and mentor to me in my current job search. Having worked for the same companies for many years, my idea of networking was to call my past employers and beg for work. With Tracy’s help I have re-energized my job search, making new contacts and taking meetings more successfully. Her positive and pro-active approach has given me a new way to “work the room.” I feel more in control and positive in meetings than I have in years. Thank you, Tracy." -J.G. Writer/Producer

"Tracy Mazuer's advice and guidance not only helped me to overcome my fears of asking for what I want (and become successful at getting it); she also helped me to realize the true value of my worth to the creative world! After consulting with "The Reluctant Genius", I landed more meetings, got my ideas more streamlined, and most importantly learned the sacred art of kicking ass! She is a rockstar in the consulting world! I would recommend "The Reluctant Genius" to anyone who is looking to get what they want!" --Johnny Appleseed (aka Shawn Colin Young)

"Tracy Mazuer's genius has saved me from many heartaches and headaches. I was reluctant to be as bold as I am in business until I started working with Tracy. She helped me take what I learned in the independent world and bring it to a larger audience. Tracy is part of the genius behind the creation of Stirring Up Trouble! If you are ready to go to the next level (no matter what level you're at) then you must consult with 'The Reluctant Genius' I don't know what I would have done without her!" -filmmaker, writer and host of Stirring Up Trouble
Tracy has a way of teaching you something without pointing her finger, being condescending or coming at it from a “I know it all” attitude, because frankly she doesn’t and nobody does, but she admits it, and that is what makes her “real” and most certainly approachable! Tracy has a way with words and people, truly a gift and surely something that can’t be taught, but she treats you like her equal. She has always been my boss, never vice versa but it’s always seemed as though we were fighting the same battle and we were at war side by side. (read more...)

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