Phil Green

Phil Green

Producer


Autonomy

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Got kicked out of high school for bad grades.
Got my life back together and got into Berkeley.
Waited tables until I decided to go back to school.
Interned with the 49ers, and produced my first event in grad school.
Met Olympic Ceremonies producer Ric Birch, who hired me but then closed the company after Sept 11.
Sold my house, started my own company, and got engaged to a single parent - all in one year.
Drove the business into the ground because we did not have a plan.
Got the opportunity to produce Mexico's Bicentennial, right before we ran out of money!
Keep following my journey
Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
University of California-Berkeley
graduate
Graduate
Sociology
University of California-Berkeley
Career

Career

Producer

I produce events and television.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Art
Art
Business
Business
Communicating / Sharing Stories
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Day to Day

Lots of time planning with my business partner and our team. Lots of meetings with creative directors, artists, musicians, historians and people in the entertainment industry. Lots of presentations to clients, government, media, etc.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

A lot of our business is based on helping people visualize something that is not yet real. That requires research, creativity, and great presentation skills.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

If you are organized, resourceful, hard working, a good researcher with a curious mind... and you don't mind a job that will take over your life for a while, you will probably have a good career in production. The next generation is so fluent with technology, presentations, video editing, etc. All of those skills are very helpful in the process of making an idea into reality.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management, General
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"You'll never live up to your parents' success in school."

My parents are academics through and through, and my sister was a nationally ranked debater. I was always the black sheep in the family, and I struggled in school under the weight of living up to what I thought was their expectations. It wasn't until I got kicked out of school (twice) for bad grades and wound up in community college that I decided to focus on school for my own reasons. Once I had ownership of it, everything changed. I got into Berkeley, and ultimately graduated with honors.

Challenges I Overcame

Self Esteem Issues
Self Esteem Issues

I don't think I had a very strong sense of self worth. I presented an image, but inside I was very insecure. It's been an ongoing search to find my voice, and to stand in front of people with confidence in who I am and what I stand for.