Meet producer/editor Liz Brownback
Liz Brownback isn't afraid of making big decisions. As an 18-year-old from Topeka, Kansas, it was a big decision to move out to Los Angeles for college, but she did it and thrived there. Then there was the decision to graduate early and move back to Kansas. Again, she trusted her gut and did it, despite the fact that she studied film and pursuing a career outside of LA seemed like the least logical thing to do. Today, Liz is back on the West Coast as a Producer/Editor, this time in San Diego with her husband and cat, Mr. Izzo. In just three years, Liz has quickly advanced in her career, with experience on the agency side, client side, and freelancing. Through these experiences she now knows a thing or two on how to maneuver through your twenties while making career advances and as a wife. Below she gives us some insight on her adventure and be sure to read her office and life do's and dont's at the end. What would your college self be most surprised about you today? My college self would want to know a couple things: How do you sit at a desk all day? When do you have fun? Why do you go to bed so early?
You've moved around the country for different jobs and you're only 24. What give you the confidence to take on this challenge? I think a lot of people think the goal in life is to be comfortable. But I think, when you get too comfortable life gets boring. I'm afraid of being average. So I never want to settle, whether in my job or in my life. So knowing if I don't do something because it'll be hard, I'll regret it.
What's more important then, the city or the job? I think it depends on what kind of person you are. If you're a very career driven person, then the job. But it's a real trade off. If you don't enjoy your nights and weekends because of the town it'll drag you down and eventually you'll want to move even if you have a great job.
So what exactly do you do? My official job title is Producer/Editor (known as a "Preditor") and Project Coordinator so I have several different roles. The email my boss sent out to the company when I joined explained my role as this. "Liz will be doing all types of gnar to include but not limited to: video editing, maintaining our organic garden, TV commercial producing, numb-chuck demos, post production TV supervision, being our expert on all things Kansas." In Reality, as a producer, I follow all projects from concept to completion.I script, storyboards, budget, cast, book crew, schedule the shoot, book voice talent, direct voice over, pick music, and so much more.
What makes you smile during your workday? There is just a lot of ridiculousness surrounding my job and it's typically so ridiculous that it's funny.
When work gets overwhelming, how do you bring sanity to your day? Ah yes, the overwhelming feeling of work. Isn't it wonderful? My sanity comes in the form of lists and labels. "To Do" lists, "Done" lists, "DO RIGHT NOW" lists, and labels on all my emails.
How do you manage a work life balance, especially as a wife? Most importantly is having a really understanding husband. I can't tell you how many times I've had to cancel plans with him at the last minute because of work. He's never been upset with me because he gets it. Our time together every night is dinner, so no matter how late one of us gets home, we wait for the other to eat and that's when we get to talk.
Describe your twenties in three words. Evolution // Adventure // Dope
What was the biggest adjustment moving from Kansas to LA when you were a freshman in college compared to moving from Kansas to San Diego at 23? It's so different. Moving to LA was for college and I didn't know anyone. Moving to San Diego was for a job and with Jesse. It's been huge having Jesse do the move and it was his first move away from Kansas. It's been exponentially easier moving to San Diego.
Office Do // Office Don't 1. Don't cry until you get home 2. Do ask for more money. Women typically don't negotiate as much as men and thus don't always get the salary they deserve. 3. Do put in the late nights when you have to, but do so sparingly 4. Do be friendly to the weird dude, he'll probably make you laugh 5. Do figure out who you can ask the questions that you can't ask your boss
Twenty-Something Do // Twenty-Something Don't 1. Do travel 2. Do fall in love 3. Don't correct the small things 4. Don't wish away your days waiting for better ones ahead 5. Do realize what you really love to do, and take steps towards doing that 6. Do take lots of pictures