Ep. 27: Brittany, Producer & Creative Operations Manager
Brittany Hapner currently works at Pearl Street Films, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s production company, in development and production of feature films and television. In 2016, Brittany was an Associate Producer on the Warner Brothers film LIVE BY NIGHT, directed by and starring Ben Affleck.
In February 2017, Brittany served as a Coordinating Producer for the Emmy nominated 89th Annual Academy Awards with Jimmy Kimmel. She will again be a Coordinating Producer for the 90th Annual Academy Awards set for March 4, 2018.
Brittany previously served as the Los Angeles Ambassador for Six Degrees Society, a national female-focused networking organization, as she is committed to empowering women in every aspect of their lives. Brittany is currently working on her MBA at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and expects to graduate with her second masters degree in June 2018. Brittany also holds a BA in Communication Studies from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a MFA in Motion Picture Producing from the Peter Stark Producing Program at The University of Southern California. Brittany is originally from Marietta, Georgia and currently resides in Los Angeles.
What We Cover:
- We talk about how Brittany created a network and established relationships in a brand new field.
- Brittany shares with us how she sent handwritten notes to all companies that she was interested in interning with (ended up sending 30-40 handwritten notes out), and secured her first internship after her freshman year.
- A great reminder that Brittany talks about is how telling people what she wanted, being willing to connect with humans, helped lead to so many other opportunities and relationships.
- Looking at her experience so far Brittany wants us all to know, there’s no one path, and the important piece to remember is that we all have our own story.
- Brittany talks about how going back to school after being in the workforce, allowed her the space to explore new arena’s, and see where she might fit best post-graduation.
- How having a supportive work environment gave her the ability to balance a full-time job and a Master’s program.
- We talk through how she is able to push through the feeling of imposter syndrome, to celebrate her wins, while still acknowledging that the career process is a struggle.
- Best advice for her younger self: realizing we do not have to control everything, some of the best things come out of areas where we had no control, where we said yes and were willing to take a chance.
- My favorite note she left us with is the importance of being willing to let go of the timelines we made up in our mind and learning to be comfortable with being uncomfortable.