We had the good fortune of connecting with Jamie Tian and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jamie, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The most important factor behind the success of my business is my commitment and accountability each and every day. As a real estate agent, I don’t have anyone to report to on a daily basis, a set schedule, or someone to assign me tasks so it’s easy to get distracted from my short and long term goals. I make a commitment to myself and my clients each morning to be accountable and efficient with my time so I can help each client to the best of my ability.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I got my real estate license when I was 21 years old during my senior year at UCLA. At the time, I was studying Environmental Science and was working at a local law firm. I had just finished my LSATs and law school applications, but I was always interested in real estate so I decided to get my real estate license and see if I could make some money on the side during law school. I jumped right into the luxury real estate market in Los Angeles and closed a few deals before graduating from UCLA! A few weeks before law school started, I decided not to attend and do real estate full time instead. After my first year, I was one of the top agents at my office and in 2017 I was awarded the distinction of “30 Under 30” by the National Association of REALTORS, which honors 30 agents under the age of 30 in the country, and “A-List Top Producer” by the Asian Real Estate Association of America, which honors the 50 top producing agents in the organization. Being a young Asian woman in a field where the average realtor is 55 was definitely a challenge, but instead of making excuses, I learned to embrace who I am and use it to my advantage and not care what my haters said. Being younger gives me more energy and drive so I used that to my advantage and worked tirelessly to build my business and client base.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Los Angeles is such an exciting and diverse city and there are so many things to do and see! We would start at my favorite place, the beach, and ride our bikes along the coast from Santa Monica down to Venice to explore the boardwalk and get a famous Hot Dog on a Stick! Then, we would head to Rodeo Drive to check out the world class shopping. After picking up some luxury souvenirs, we would head to Hollywood to see the Walk of Fame and snap an obligatory selfie with the Hollywood Sign before heading to dinner and drinks at Catch! We would end the week with a drive down Mulholland to the Griffith Observatory, where you can see a panoramic view of all of Los Angeles.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My success is definitely thanks to the love, encouragement, and discipline I received as a child from my parents. Both of my parents immigrated to the United States to get their Ph.D’s in Civil Engineering and to achieve the American Dream for our family. They sacrificed their entire lives that they had created in China and left all of their relatives behind to create a better life for my family and I am forever grateful for their sacrifice. They have always taught me that successful people aren’t just lucky, they work hard and overcome hardships to create their own luck. They showed me and instilled in me that I can achieve any goal as long as I want it badly enough.