• 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



Before I got into television I had worked in Kansas City as a promotion director for the biggest rock station there (you know, Zepplin, Bowie, Stones) and then the biggest cheesy music station in the market (Bolton, Loggins, Cher). I went from super cool KY102 “We Rock Kansas City” to KUDL (yes, that reads “cuddle”), but I was working my way up the corporate ladder – unfortunately, there were only two rungs to climb and within a few years I was at the top looking down about three feet. What I had always wanted, though, was to be a TV producer-director like my dad who lived in NYC. I wanted to ditch radio and the stoner, male chauvinist pigs I worked for and head to TV (Ha! If I knew then what I know now – anyway, I digress). In Kansas City, though, I couldn’t get a job in TV to save my life. I had all the contacts – even very close friends there in TV, but everyone I spoke to had at least one of the following two objections:

1. YOU DON’T HAVE A DEGREE IN BROADCAST TV. No, I didn’t and still don’t. I have a degree in Journalism. It’s not like I have an 8th grade education for Christ’s sake and this is the 25th market in the country -- it ain’t 60-Minutes, folks.

2. IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO MAKE THE LEAP FROM RADIO TO TV. NO ONE WILL HIRE YOU. Gee, thanks for your time and the pep talk.

So, here I am in the land of OZ and “qualified, properly-degreed executives” are telling me that I don’t have the appropriate background or credentials to be hired at their piddly-ass little affiliates. So, you know what I did? I tacitly told them to fuck off and I went straight to ABC-TV smack dab in the center of Hollywood, got my first gig, worked my ass off, made no money, got my teeth kicked in, climbed my way 100 rungs up the ladder, worked for pigs, worked for great people, made a bunch of amazing friends, ultimately made a bunch of money, got a bunch of credits, an agent, and four Emmy nominations. I WENT AND DID EXACTLY WHAT THEY SAID I COULDN’T DO.

Here’s the thumb-nail sketch of the beginning of this journey:

I set up interviews or meet-n-greets (a great way in!) with 15 different entities over a one-week period in Los Angeles – it was a combo of radio and TV meetings – I was going to cover all bases just to get out here. I knew I’d eventually make THE NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN LEAP TO TV!

When I came to interview, I told my interviewers that “yes” I could do whatever it was they were asking if I could do. For my TV interviews I was bullshitting; I HADN’T DONE IT, but I COULD DO IT and I knew I could figure it out before they had time to bust me for being an imposter (another subject we’ll tackle more of later). I have the brains and fortitude to figure out anything I want to figure out. If I had to secretly take classes on the side to learn, I would; if I had to read more books, work longer hours, find mentors, I would. I’d do whatever it would take for me to excel in this area. On several interviews, I was asked to submit “pitches” for show ideas. I freaked. I had no idea how to write them, what to do. Granted, I had my dad who could help me, so I relied on him to guide me. (There’s always someone out there who can guide you and teach you! Just find ‘em!) I worked so damned hard on those pitches. I scrutinized everything – my ideas, my writing, the typeface, the titles, every little detail was the most important detail ever. I sent in my pitches to Fred Roggin who had a sports show on some network and to ABC’s The Home Show (a 90-minute, live national program with Gary Collins and Sarah Purcell. Remember that one?). That’s the one I wanted. That’s the one I got. They hired me for 6-weeks; six weeks at the bottom rung of a seemingly endless ladder.

With my hubby’s support, I left my full-time radio gig with full benefits for a 6-week TV gig. I turned that 6-week gig into a 2 ½ year gig. The rest is a history I’ll continue to share in upcoming posts.

MORAL: When someone says you can’t do something, get pissed off and go do it.

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)

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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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