Today we’d like to introduce you to Lemar Scott.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Lemar. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Like most people, my dream was to work a good-paying job in a successful company. Right outside of University, I did just that. Unfortunately however, when you’re the youngest person in such an established workplace, it’s very easy to be overlooked by some of the “old hats.” For years, I received pay raises to reward my tenure, but bigger titles and job functions always seemed to escape me. When I took initiative and decided to show how much of an asset I could be, I was told I was overstepping. After a while, I stopped begging for opportunities and started creating my own. That’s when I started my own company and dove into the world of television! Before that point, I’d hosted a few professional projects and several videos for closed-circuit broadcast, but never fully dedicated myself to a career in TV. When I finally made the decision to do so, a friend told me about a network that was launching a lavish new studio and needed a full team of television hosts. For those who don’t know, a full-time gig on TV is unheard of and everyone’s dream! Without any background in journalism and no expectations, I interviewed with the President of the network who said: “you have a great smile and that’s half the battle.” Two months later, I debuted on air to 90 million homes.
Has it been a smooth road?
I wish I could say that it has been a smooth road, but it’s as bumpy as they come! You’ve probably heard people talk about the amount of rejection in this industry and how you have to be ok hearing “no.” Here’s the thing. In a traditional job, you may hear “no” from a single voice. In entertainment, you’ll hear no from agents, casting directors, photographers, producers, and everyone in between… DAILY! But the truth is, silence is the actual worst. No one ever talks about when you hear nothing at all. There are days when you’ve put in the work for a big role and you swear the gig is yours! You manifest it, prepare yourself for the job like it’s already booked, and trust beyond hope that it’s written in the stars! Then… you hear nothing.
All that being said, nothing beats the time I relocated to a brand new city for the job mentioned before. Less than 6 months later, the studio closed. As they say, that’s show biz!
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Lemar Scott LLC story. Tell us more about it.
Something I’ve learned about corporate America is that people tend to see you through the lens of your job title. We limit and define people based on the boxes that our minds create to make things easier to process. When I left corporate America, I decided that I didn’t want to do just one thing. I host, I speak, I consult, I sell, and if you ask me nicely, I’ll even bake you a cake on the side (I’m also a certified pastry chef). On TV, my primary focus, I specialize in style, jewelry, lifestyle, and food. Compared to many other hosts, I invest in the lifetime value of a viewer. That could mean sending a Christmas card or simply humanizing myself enough to reply to a direct message or email. I once had a viewer tell me that she watched me every single day and her son who was learning to talk at the time would point to the television screen and say “Mar.” I become a part of peoples’ lives and that is invaluable.
When I speak, I like to focus my attention on people entering the job market. Most of us are taught that being happy is just being miserable with a lot of money. I get to open peoples’ eyes to all the different opportunities available to us and motivate them to do what makes them genuinely happy. In many of my presentations, I also incorporate spoken word which is an exciting point of differentiation. It is the collision of art, business, emotion, and motivation.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
The television industry has been rapidly changing for the past several years (hello reality TV). It will be hard to tell where it goes in the next 5-10 years. It was a shock to discover E! News was relocating from LA to NY and restructuring their show to be a daytime concept. It’s just one of the very real examples of how our viewership is impacting television. That being said, I’m not concerned. The one thing that people want is content and as long as there is a camera on record, I’m going to be there to give it to them!
- Website: www.lemarscott.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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