Today we’d like to introduce you to Andria Schultz.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I knew that I wanted to pursue the path to Hollywood at the age of 8 when I proclaimed to my family that I wanted to be the next CEO of Disney. I was determined to find someone to help me get there, so I went on a mission to find a mentor at the age of 10.
That mentor just so happened to be Constance Ramos from Extreme Makeover Home Edition and I gained her respect when I approached her with a plan. Constance taught me the importance of Elephant skin, in other words, tough skin. This prepared me for the path of Hollywood & finding other mentors along the way that would guide me along this path.
At age 21, I was given the huge opportunity to be an Executive Producer for a TV/Radio show, all while pursuing my last year of College. This leads me to the path of working for America’s Funniest Home Videos, Disney Channel’s Bizaardvark, The Real Daytime at Warner Bros, NCIS, and more. From there, I found that my voice wasn’t being truly heard. I knew that I needed to create my own opportunity, so I ventured out to Canada and took time to self-discovering.
After asking myself, “What is the number one question that I’ve been asked my entire life?” it dawned on me that people have always asked me, “How did you network with the people you are currently connected with?” AND “How did you get into Hollywood?” The answer had been there all along– I have been naturally guiding people towards their passion since I was young. With my education and my passion for helping people, I narrowed down that my true passion was helping Millennial’s get into the Entertainment Industry by learning how to Network effectively.
This self-discovery began my road into Entrepreneurship as CEO/Founder of Network Smart, Keynote Speaker, #1 Best Selling Author of Passionista’s: Tips, Tales, & Tweetables, an active contributor for Influence & Thrive Global, and Manager to EDM Duo MaWayy, Ian Van Temperley, Daniel Lee Colvin, Steve Cederquist, Darcy Kempton, & Jim Lyman. I’ve continuously interviewed Celebrities, Executives, & Professionals Behind the Scenes to help Millennials better understand what it takes to get into Hollywood. I am dedicated to motivating people of all ages to go for their dreams without the fear of rejection.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
No road will ever be easy when you are aiming towards the road of success. With that being said you have to be prepared to pull yourself back up at ALL times.
I remember having a conversation with Carlos Hernandez, from the Dodgers, about my fear of failure and he told me, “You will always have ups and downs in your life, but it’s a matter of whether or not you allow those downs to bring you down or you allow those downs to bring you up.” These words struck me right it the heart. I carried it with me no matter what.
With that being said one of the toughest struggles I’ve endured along the way was at the of age 21 when I was the Executive Producer for a TV/Radio show. I took the chance, while finishing my senior year at University, and organized/managed a team of 14. I spent countless days and nights working insane hours and trying to maintain my GPA. My mentor at the time was the host of the show and I looked up to him. Like all my previous mentors, he was someone with expertise in the entertainment field. He promised my team and I that we would be paid for our work after we helped him get the TV show going. I did not know at the time that I was in for a roller coaster with this project.
Things were smooth sailing until I started watching him close business deals. He made a lot of promises that he could not keep for my team and I, took advantage of my good nature and the commitment of my team, manipulated situations, and compromised his morals and values for personal gains. Instead of bringing my team and I up, he pushed us further behind in pursuit of his dream. After a year and a half dealing with this situation, I learned one extremely valuable lesson: always trust your gut.
To say the least, I was heartbroken from this experience because the “host” that I knew prior was someone that I had high regards for. A good mentor is someone who focuses their energy on making you grow, learn, and become confident in the field that you want to go into. They take time to work with you one on one and are consistently cheering you on. It can be a little difficult to decipher a good mentor from a bad mentor because they can disguise themselves as someone who is looking to help you, but their real intention is to use you to their own advantage.
I’ve learned that the easiest ways to tell if they are genuine are by their morals, values, and actions. Instead of sitting down and wondering how I was going to pick myself back up. I continued to do what felt natural to me, network.
Network Smart – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Network Smart is about teaching Millennial’s how to Brand themselves, Build Confidence, Find the right Mentors, and learn to Network effectively in the Entertainment Industry. One of the best things that you can do for yourself creates your own opportunity. Never wait for a company or people to tell you what they think is best for you! You need to do what is best for yourself & have passion doing it. Waking up and knowing your true WHY is the most important piece of your brand.
Many people go into their industries thinking that they need to network with everyone that they meet, when in reality it’s about being specific & targeting who is in alignment with you morally, ethically, and spiritually. My goal is to make sure each of my clients knows who they are as a Brand, learn to navigate within the Entertainment industry and Network genuinely.
I am most proud of my clients– they are a representation of my work & all are making strides in the Entertainment Industry.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success is watching the process of someone grow that I’ve helped Influence. I get my energy from people’s positive energy, passion, and being surrounded by like-minded individuals. I want people to feel like they can go after their dreams no matter what struggle they may endure achieving it. There are no limits to dreaming, creating, and pursuing what your heart desires.
- Website: www.andriaschultz.com
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