I recently had the most fun shooting three Masterclass-style videos for Diligent.
It was a throwback to my days in film and TV.
See, I wasn’t always in the legal or compliance profession.
In fact, I was in acting and producing. I graduated from UCLA’s film and television school then ended up in commercials and small parts on TV.
I also worked at the studios in development and production, including at Paramount, Fox, and Sony.
Funny how it all comes full circle.
First, twelve years after these pictures were taken, I was hired as the Chief Compliance Officer at United International Pictures, the joint venture of Paramount Pictures and Universal Pictures.
When I did my final interview, I was taken on a tour of UIP’s offices. I knew I was home when I saw that the canteen was called “555 Melrose” – the address of Paramount Pictures in Los Angeles, and the place of my first full-time job at age 21.
I’ve moved back to Southern California after nearly a decade in London, also coming back full circle.
The shoot for Diligent took place in Beverly Hills, about 4 miles from my first post-college apartment on Corning Street.
It’s amazing how things move in time.