I am so excited to share this episode with you. Joe Lazarov is a sought-after TV producer and director who I met while filming GOSSIP GIRL. Joe is one of the most humble and kind people I’ve had the honor of working with. I have tremendous respect and admiration for his work ethic, his hustle, and his prioritization of family. Joe’s episode is such an eye-opener to listeners who are curious about TV producing, he is so generous in sharing his experiences and expertise in becoming a TV producer yourself. Let me know what you think about this episode!
Learn More About TV Producer-Director Joe Lazarov
Joe Lazarov is well known as the producing director of the popular GOSSIP GIRL TV series in New York and more recently a producer of POWER on the Starz Network. He was fortunate to begin his career in television working on Emmy award winning series A YEAR IN THE LIFE, CHINA BEACH and NORTHERN EXPOSURE. Joe continues to be a sought after producer having recently finished the spinoff ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND for ABC, 5 seasons of GOSSIP GIRL, TOUCHING EVIL, PSYCH, INVASION, NCIS, and LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT. In 2008, Joe began a new phase of his career with his directorial debut of Gossip Girl with the emotional episode where Chuck Bass buries his father and subsequently directed 8 more episodes. Upon Joe’s return to Los Angeles from the Gossip Girl set, he directed several episodes of the stunt filled series NINE LIVES OF CHLOE KING. Joe followed up that effort with a fun romp in HART OF DIXIE and thriller episodes of THE LYING GAME and TWISTED. Joe currently commutes between Brooklyn and Los Angeles where he lives with his wife of 20 years, 13 year old daughter, and two standard poodles.
What You’ll Learn From This Episode:
- Joe’s experience as a production assistant and how he climbed up the ranks to becoming a sought-after TV producer
- Why mentors are crucial to your success
- How to approach mentors
- The very first step to take in becoming a TV Producer
- Can TV producing really be taught?
- What to do when you realize that you want to transition careers into TV producing
- Why you’ll need a really thick-skin if you want to make it in this industry, especially as a TV Producer
- Producer’s Guild mentorship program
- The different tiers, roles, and responsibilities of TV Producers
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