“Real Housewives” executive producers, Douglas Ross and Alex Baskin, join me on this episode for a fast track walk through the world of reality television.
Breaking into the entertainment industry is always a fascinating story, and I took great interest listening to Alex Baskin’s adventures as an 18-year-old intern at MTV, where he set up his very first pilot. Just goes to show the opportunities that are present at every stage of your career—even as an intern. You just have to know how to hustle.
Not only did Alex setup his first project as an intern, he also learned valuable lessons from having a failed pilot, lessons that he carries with him to this day. He also met future producing partner, Douglas Ross, with whom he would go on to executive produce the mega hit “Real Housewives” franchise.
“In the millennial generation, the thing that we see over and over again is a sense of entitlement that is through the roof.”
Another eye-opener in this episode is the sense of entitlement Douglas Ross is encountering in today’s 20-somethings, and how it’s affecting their effectiveness and advancement in the workplace. Douglas is a highly-respected veteran of the entertainment industry, and I encourage all my 20-something listeners to take advantage of the wisdom both he and Alex Ross share in this episode!
Douglas Ross & Alex Baskin Highlights
0:56 – Going to college with President Barack Obama.
2:37 – Alex Baskin walks us through his time as an intern at MTV, where he setup his first pilot.
4:30 – Observations of today’s 20-somethings.
6:43 – Douglas Ross recalls learning from Francis Coppola and George Lucas while documenting their making of Disney’s “Captain EO” with Michael Jackson.
8:39 – On what makes working in the entertainment industry so hard.
10:20 – Ageism in Hollywood.
13:36 – The pressures that come with having a hit TV show.
14:05 – Diversity in Hollywood.
15:19 – Fakeness in reality television.
22:11 – The real value of student films.
23:54 – The power of referrals.
24:19 – Career regrets.