• 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


What? Graduate School?

Yup. I'm in grad school for my Masters of Education (MAEd) with a specialty in how autobiographical writing impacts urban high school kids politically, socially and emotionally. Cool, eh? Actually, it's the kids who are cool.

Several years ago I decided to volunteer (in whatever spare time I could muster between TV gigs) for an amazing writing program for kids of all ages called 826LA. The program was created by Dave Eggers, the author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, who's now my official hero. Once I signed up at 826LA, I was happily tossed into Marshall High (along with other fabulous tutors) to help 9th graders write autobiographical stories. I was partnered with a beautiful 14-year-old who had a story to tell – her mother had been murdered on Mother’s Day. She wanted to write about it. Four weeks later, after several coaching sessions, she had written a beautiful narrative; I couldn’t believe how far she had progressed. When I saw her on that last day, she ran up to me and gave me a hug saying, "Thank you so much. That made me feel so much better." I've never been the same since.

Since that auspicious beginning, I have helped publish three books of 9th graders’ writing and this year I’ll start on my fourth. I hope to graduate in July of 2009 after completing a documentary on the writings of the 2008/09 freshman class of The Los Angeles School of Global Studies along with a thesis on the subject.

I attend a low-residency program at Goddard College in Plainfield, VT. The guys from Phish went there…cool.

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

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"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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