We had the good fortune of connecting with Kelly Lansing and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kelly, what’s the end goal, career-wise?
My end goal is to be a showrunner of poignant and inclusive comedies/dramedies centered around f**ked* up women you want to have a drink with who are trying to find their place in the world.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The entertainment industry is not for the faint of heart but if you stay persistent, have a good attitude even when things aren’t going your way, you work hard and the work is good, your work will speak for itself and you WILL succeed.
I’m also a big advocate of setting SMART goals for yourself: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Bound, and checking in on your progress via an entrusted friend or mentor at least twice a year.
Finally, a great piece of advice from Gretchen Rubin, writer/happiness expert and host of the Happier With Gretchen Rubin podcast, is it’s great to make To-Do lists, but don’t forget to make Ta-Da lists to celebrate all of your accomplishments thus far.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m going to go outside the box here and actually recommend some quick drive-able trips outside of Los Angeles. Highly recommend staying (nearly) beachside at the Waypoint Ventura. Such a unique and fun experience staying in fully decked out vintage trailers! https://waypointventura.com/
Alternatively, I would recommend Hicksville Pines Bud & Breakfast in Idyllwild or Hicksville Trailer Palace in Joshua Tree. Either location is like the ultimate adult playground. http://www.hicksville.com/idyllwild/motel.html https://www.hicksvillepalace.com/
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a shoutout to my creative executive / comedy writing mentor Kerri Anne Lavin, better known as Kiki. Kiki is the breathe of fresh air, ray of sunshine and instant shot of dopamine that we all need in our lives. When I first started my career, she was there for me to help me navigate office dynamics and creative vernacular / the creative process and she has been my go to ever since. She also recommended me as a writer for a book adaptation project that is making its way around town currently, and for that, I am forever grateful.
Also, probably a cliche, but Lean In by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is my go-to bible for female success / closing the achievement gap and gender parity in the workplace.