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Phil Cooke Podcast

Sep 30, 2020

Career changes have become commonplace in today’s volatile marketplace. Whether you’ve lost your job or are considering a job change, Phil Cooke offers tips to help you invest in yourself to have a successful career of your passion or calling. Bonus: if you have a creative career, you’ll especially appreciate Phil’s insight as a Hollywood producer and media consultant.


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*More About This Episode* Staying Power: The Secrets to a Long and Successful Career

As a Hollywood producer and media executive, Phil Cooke shares specific tips to help you manage a successful career or career change in today’s market.


  1. Invest in yourself. Take your job and your dream seriously. Get the tools, the resources and the information to expand your knowledge and your skills. And, think about how you’re perceived and dress like where you’re going, not like where you’ve been.


  1. Fix your resume. No matter how secure you think your job is, you should keep it updated.


If you’re in a creative career, that extends to your portfolio, your demo reel and your bio. Hollywood is a story-driven business, so consider what tells your story best?


When creating a demo reel in the film and television industry as an actor, film director or DP: show a finished project. Can you tell a story?


  1. Create an elevator pitch for your career:
  2. Who are you?
  3. What do you do?
  4. Where do you want to go?
  5. How will you get there?
  6. How can you help them?


  1. Think less about your job title or your business and more about your specific skill.

While you’re waiting for your dream project to happen, think of other ways you could use your skill. Have a bigger vision for your life.


  1. Stop talking. Being a listener can have a big difference in your career.


  1. Learn to say no to good things so you can say yes to great things. Start being selective about the projects you do, the organizations you work for.


  1. Understand your zone: where you’re most creative and productive and what time you’re most creative and productive.


  1. Stop with the lame excuses.


  1. Become an expert, an authority in your field. Study and work at it; become the go-to person.


  1. Stop ignoring your story. Integrate your unique past and who you are into what you do.


Books Phil recommends:

“Daily Rituals: How Artists Work” by Mason Curry

“One Big Thing: Discovering What You Were Born to Do” by Phil Cooke

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