On today’s show, I have Abrah Shapiro who is a Television Producer on the Fox show The Four, located in Los Angeles, California.
Abrah was introduced to me by Day in the Life podcast guest Hollywood actress Mojan Nourbakhsh. The entertainment/Hollywood episodes on Day in the Life seem to be very popular, and I, of course, am so interested in hearing what it’s really like to work behind the scenes in the entertainment industry.
Abrah shares how she got started interning for the Ellen show and how that led her to work in the casting industry and television production, advice she’d give to people who want to work in the entertainment industry, what people would be most shocked by about her career, what it’s like to work behind the scenes working in unscripted programing and so much more.
Excited for you to tune in and hope you enjoy!
Abrah Shapiro | Television Producer
In today’s episode, you’ll find out:
- How Abrah landed an internship at the Ellen Degeneres show and what it was like working on set there.
- How she got into the casting industry which then led her to becoming a producer.
- The most stressful parts about her job as a television producer.
- All of the responsibilities she has as a television producer.
- Advice she’d give to someone who wants to work in the entertainment industry as a producer.
- The craziest experience she has had as a casting producer.
Abrah is television producer based out of Los Angeles, California. She works in unscripted programming where her focus has been a combination of casting, field, and segment producing. Her credits include The Ellen DeGeneres Show, America’s Got Talent, American Idol, MasterChef, and Little Big Shots. Currently, she is filming the second season of FOX’s singing competition show The Four: Battle for Stardom.
Key takeaways from this episode
This business is built on relationships and networking. – Abrah ShapiroI often say it's 80% of who you know and 20% skill. - Abrah Shapiro Click To Tweet The reason I got into this business was because television is such a powerful medium and you can use it to do so much good. - Abrah Shapiro Click To Tweet
What’s great about this current generation is that lots of people do utilize the internet to share their stories. – Abrah ShapiroI think starting your day with a workout and doing something for yourself allows you to get centered before the day's stress starts hitting you head on. - Abrah Shapiro Click To Tweet You are taking a performer or taking an act and you are managing every single component of that performance. - Abrah Shapiro Click To Tweet
When you send a 5 year old out onto the stage, you cannot control the outcome. – Abrah Shapiro
Every day in entertainment is different. That’s what’s challenging. There are no two days that will ever look exactly the same. – Abrah ShapiroFor the positions that aren't regulated by unions, it is a very tough environment to navigate because you have to look out for yourself. - Abrah Shapiro Click To Tweet
Whenever you tell someone you’re a Hollywood producer, the automatic response is usually “how glamorous!” – Abrah Shapiro
It is no frills, it is hard hours, it is hard work. – Abrah ShapiroThe best part of my day is getting to go to a job that I love. - Abrah Shapiro Click To Tweet
There’s so many people that wake up and go to work and dislike what they’re doing. – Abrah Shapiro
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