We had the good fortune of connecting with Mary Tamura and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Mary, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I pursued a creative career because it was always something that I was drawn to. Writing has always been in my veins. Growing up, I’d always write in journals, write short stories, and make short films with my friends. I knew it was something that I was good at and growing up in the Valley, the entertainment industry was not a secret to me. I knew it was out there and I knew I wanted to join. After watching a movie or tv show, I realized, someone WRITES these things, and I told myself that it is what I am going to do! And I knew that was my way in! So here I am, pursuing my dreams one step at a time. Right now, I’m a social media coordinator, writing fun exciting copy for a animated TV show. I can’t imagine myself doing anything else than something creative.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My professional career is in social media. I write copy for an animated TV show. What sets me apart from others is that I definitely feel like I have an all encompassed view of everything in entertainment. I know how to photoshop, edit, film videos, write blog posts, the list goes on and on. I always am evolving with the times and trends as well. I am definitely most proud of where I am in my career today and my jump from Warner Bros tour guide to a professional in the entertainment industry. I got where I am today with perseverance. I never stopped looking for an opportunity that fit my skill sets or gave up on my dreams. I also know I got where I am today because I knew what I wanted to do and set a goal for myself. It definitely was not an easy journey. It still isn’t. A lot of people THINK they want to do a certain thing, but they don’t put the time, money, and effort in. It’s not going to be given to you, you’re going to have to work for it. I am an example that hard work pays off. The greatest lesson that I’ve learned throughout this journey is to know who you are, know your skill sets and what you bring to the table, work hard at what you want to do, and the rest will fall into place. What I want people to know about me is that my journey is just starting. It’s okay to not know what you want to do, but you need to start somewhere. You have to find what you are passionate about. Work isn’t work if you love what you are doing. For me, it’s social media and tv writing. I made it in social media marketing, and I am on my way to making it as a TV Writer. You also have to have a goal in mind, I know that my goal is to bring diversity in the writer’s room. I want to tell stories that no one has seen before. I want to give more Asian faces a voice. Stray away from the stereotypes and bring real stories that people can connect to not matter what your race, gender, or sexual orientation. Last but not least, I want people to always find inspiration! You can find it anywhere, a book, movie, a bird singing in the tree… find your passion and inspiration and run with it, and never let it go!

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?
If someone was visiting, I definitely would show them around Little Tokyo. Being Japanese American, I frequent that area a lot. There are so many cute fun shops that give the shopping center and surrounding areas an authentic feel. They also have delicious bakeries and restaurants there, you can never go wrong! I would also take them across the street to flex a little and show them where my name is inscribed onto the floor of the Japanese American National Museum. (My grandparents donated to the museum in their grandchildren’s name!) I’d also book a tour at my old stomping grounds at Warner Bros Tour Hollywood. Even though I’ve taken the tour and given the tour too many times to count, the Warner Bros lot gives me a lot of comfort and zen. I love to see the sets and show my friends and family.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The people who are much deserving of thanks and gratitude are all of my friends and family. They have heard me talk for hours about my dreams and passions. Let me drone on and on about my favorite shows and movies. They encourage me every step of the way. They read my cringe-worthy first drafts and don’t hold back. They make me a better person and a better writer. Another person that needs a little credit too, honestly, and I’m not joking here, I owe a lot of my passions and career choices to Eric Kripke and his show Supernatural. It shaped me as a person and as a writer. The stuff that Eric Kripke writes is so funny, refreshing, DRAMATIC! I eat up every minute of it. Eric Kripke and Supernatural is the reason why I wanted to pursue a career in entertainment and in TV drama writing. I hope one day to get to work with him.

Website: marymajikku.com
Instagram: marymajikku
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mary-tamura/
Twitter: marymajikku

Image Credits
Jessie Eveland, Daniela Barbani, Rosanna Chan, Taylor Hampton

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