We had the good fortune of connecting with Lauren Scott and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lauren, how do you think about risk?
I think taking risks can be a good thing if done correctly! The first big risk I took in my life was making the leap to move across the country to Los Angeles at age 20 with zero connections and not a lot of money and it paid off both career wise and in my personal life. That decision has definitely shaped my life for the better and I don’t know where I’d be today if I hadn’t had the courage to make a huge jump like that.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As a bit of background – I work in freelance film but on the corporate side of the industry as a contractor with a lot of major studios. Getting into the work I do now wasn’t easy at all and took a lot of networking, unpaid work and struggle. After I took the leap to move to Los Angeles, I lived in hostels and was working as an unpaid intern for six months at a small marketing agency to get my foot in the door. I spent months applying just to get that internship and they took a chance on me! People always say that getting into Hollywood is part luck and part “who you know” and looking back on this statement, I 100% agree. For me, it was dumb luck that I met someone at a holiday party years ago who was kind enough to connect me to her contacts at one of the major studios. They took a chance on me and the rest is history. It wasn’t until about a year after moving to Los Angeles that I was financially secure and had obtained steady freelance work.
I’d love people to know that while luck did play a part in some of where I am today, I also really struggled my first year in Los Angeles and worked very hard to be where I am today!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This is such a fun question! Quick fun fact – I actually travel a TON so when my friends want to come visit me, I love playing tour guide and giving them recommendations. If they were staying for just a few days, I would take them to the major tourist sites such as the Walk of Fame, Santa Monica Pier, Beverly Hills and Griffith. If they were staying longer than a few days, I’d take them to less touristy spots and some of my favorite areas like Echo Park, Malibu, Marina Del Rey or Newport Beach.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
This is difficult! There have been so many people different people who have come into my life at various points to encourage me and mentor me throughout my career. Before making the move to Los Angeles, I had specifically networked with several people online in the film industry who were kind enough to let me ask them questions and kept in touch with me throughout the process of my career transition.
Other: My website is primarily a travel blog and has more info on how to work with me. Apart from working with the studios I also have a marketing background and I use that as well to work on smaller projects with other clients and small businesses.