We had the good fortune of connecting with Brittany Rendak and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brittany, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
A career in the entertainment industry is possible. Everyone creates their own unique path and story to success in this cutthroat business. Being successful in the entertainment industry takes hard work, dedication, and the right mindset. You must be willing to risk it all and be willing to face many obstacles to accomplish your dreams. I never had it in my mind that I would fail. I only put positive thoughts in my head. My motto is to “live the dream” and I was set on doing whatever it took to pursue mine. I had preached about moving to Hollywood since I was a little girl. I always noticed many of my family and friends thought I would never actually do it. This only gave me more motivation and energy to prove them wrong with landing my first job in the industry. I actually accomplished this goal in less than a year living in Los Angeles. One of the most important factors behind my success was getting my foot in the door and working my way up from there. I took advantage of any opportunities that came my way, so I could immerse myself with hands on experience and start gaining skills necessary to thrive in my career. Getting your foot in the door gives you the opportunity to connect with people who can be mentors and business connections throughout your entire career. Networking is essential in any aspect of business, but especially in entertainment. You need to build genuine relationships and connections that are mutually beneficial. LA is huge, but you’ll come to find it’s all about who you know, and everyone knows each other. It’s also important to remember to be present. This year, I am learning to take time to reflect and celebrate all the small accomplishments that I already achieved instead of always looking for the next way to advance in my career. Without those small victories, I would never be where I am now.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I moved from Chicago to Los Angeles at the age of 23 with just two suitcases, a small amount of money and BIG dreams to work in entertainment. Fast forward to now and I’m working with A-list talent at an award-winning public relations firm, hosting an entertainment career podcast, and creating content for my Los Angeles lifestyle blog. My favorite part about my job in public relations is that each day is different. I work in the talent division of my company, so I work directly with our actors, singers, youtubers, and more. I could go into the office in the morning sending emails and then accompany a client to their photo shoot or a red carpet event. This job is not a 9-6, as we are working 24/7. Being one of the youngest people at my company has it’s advantages and disadvantages. I am able to take the reign on anything related to social media and digital marketing while learning all the important skills from my bosses necessary to be a top publicist. As with many jobs in the entertainment industry, you can expect low pay and long hours until you are at the top. I’m most proud of myself that I am able to be successful at a full-time job while pursuing my side hustles, plus still having a social life.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would start the day off with a hike at The Topanga Canyon Overlook. This gives you views of the whole city of LA! If it’s your first time in LA, you must take a walk on Hollywood Blvd. and see the stars. I would take a walk on the beach in Santa Monica or Venice during sunset for people watching. If you go to Venice, check out Venice Whaler or Ale House for a drink by the water. The Hotel Shangri-La and Elephante in Santa Monica are classy rooftops with spectacular views of the ocean. I’m from Chicago and love my deep dish pizza! I would take them to Masa of Echo Park, which is a hidden gem to get deep dish pizza. It’s almost as amazing as Chicago’s pizza places and it’s BYOB. After dinner, I would go to Sunset Blvd. on the Sunset Strip to go check out all the great live music we have to offer. Whisky a Go Go is one of my favorite spots.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to give a shoutout to my college professor, Greeley Kyle, at the University of Missouri. Greeley was a professor at the Missouri School of Journalism and the Executive News Editor at KOMU-TV. I had the pleasure to have him as my professor both my freshman and junior year at the university. His Broadcast 3 class in my junior year was the most challenging class I took during my four years at school. He taught us all the skills in shooting, speaking, reporting, editing and writing for broadcast television and web as well as on-air performance. I was nervous almost everyday to attend class, because he actually gave zero’s as your grade on broadcast story packages. Luckily, I never received one! In his class, I learned to have thick skin, pay attention to detail, work hard, and make deadlines. All of this is key in the industry. After the semester was over, I immediately had so much gratitude for Greeley. If it wasn’t for him, I would still be talking way too fast on-air and I wouldn’t know a thing about finding a newsworthy story. Most of all, Greeley taught me to be confident. Projecting confidence in your voice, posture, and knowledge will allow you to continue to maximize your value in anything that you do. Afterall, that’s how I landed my first job in the entertainment industry! I was confident. I had no prior entertainment experience, but I was able to apply the skills I did have to prove I was an asset at the company. I would also like to give a shoutout to Kerstin Emhoff. She took a chance on me and offered me that first job in the industry at PRETTYBIRD. I’ll never forget the question she asked me during my interview, “So you have no previous entertainment experience?” I responded with confidence while sharing how this was my passion and I was ready to apply my previous experience to my next challenge. She believed me and I showed my worth!