Mette Norkjaer

Mette Norkjaer

Creative Executive


BOOM! Studios

Los Angeles, CA USA


When you finally figure out what you want to do, stick with it and give it your all. Success requires a lot of small failures along the way.

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I moved around a lot with my family growing up, meaning I had to learn to make new friends and adjust to my environment every couple of years. But luckily, this instilled a yearning for adventure.
After graduating in 2016, I landed a job at BOOM! Studios - a comic book publisher and production company with a first look deal with 20th Century Fox.
When I applied to college, I wanted to study film but I didn't get into the program at my University. Instead, I studied English, which has paid off in more ways than I could've imagined in my career.
In 2018, I was promoted to Creative Executive in the film division at BOOM! Studios.
While studying at the University of Copenhagen, I was selected to study abroad at UCLA.
In 2014, I got accepted to the Peter Stark Producing Program MFA at the prestigious School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California,

Education

High School
Copenhagen International School
Bachelor
English Language and Literature, General
University of Copenhagen
Graduate
MFA Peter Stark Producing Program
University of Southern California
Bachelor
Non-degree exchange program
University of California, Los Angeles

Career

Creative Executive

I track, read, and meet with screenwriters and filmmakers, as well as develop the BOOM! Studios film slate with our team

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Film
Writing
Being Creative

Day to Day

A typical day usually involves a lot of reading of incoming material, such as scripts, comics, short stories, and books. There's also a lot of meetings. Usually I'll meet with writers or directors, whose work I've come across and who we think we should be in business with. Then there's also the networking portion of my day. In the entertainment industry it's all about who you know, so that means I usually have either a lunch, coffee, or an evening drinks scheduled.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

There's a lot about the industry that they don't teach you in school. One of the most important things is building your network of friends within the industry. Make sure you have the right people in your circle who support you and care about similar issues. Because this industry can get really challenging and isolating at times, it's important that you can rely on the support from your tribe.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

For me, the only option seemed to be going to school and educating myself, since I didn't have another path that seemed obvious to me. If school isn't an option for you, I think it's just important to reach out to the people you know who are in some way related to the field you're interested in, and ask them for advice. People are nicer than you think and often they're happy to help out.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
English Language and Literature, General
graduate
Graduate
MFA Peter Stark Producing Program
undergrad
Bachelor
Non-degree exchange program

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"There's so much uncertainty in the entertainment industry, you should try something more secure."

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation Immigrant