IF ANY OF THE ABC COMEDIES OF THE LAST FIVE YEARS have left you in stitches, then you need to take a moment to give thanks for Senior Vice President, ABC Comedy, Jamila Hunter.
Hunter has had the task of overseeing development and production of some of the network’s most recent groundbreaking productions including Emmy-nominated, blackish, Fresh off the Boat, The Real O’Neals, and the return of Last Man Standing.
Here she shares how she attained her success:
To what do you attribute your success in the entertainment industry?
I don’t believe that anyone succeeds in this business without building strong relationships. I’ve been fortunate enough to have amazing mentors in both my personal and professional life. I also have a strong network of peers—people who “started out on the bottom” with me and we’ve worked our way up the ladder together. You hear a great deal about managing up, but I’ve found it to be equally important to form connections with my peers. My colleagues have often been my strongest advocates and best partners.
How have you attained career longevity in a fickle industry?
Anyone who chooses a career in the entertainment industry knows that it’s not a stable, predictable career choice. It’s impossible to plan for longevity, so that has never been my focus. I’ve always been commi