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CV-ROOTS is short for Central Valley Roots. It is our goal to feature the locals from the Central Valley that have moved away to persue careers in the entertainment industry. From personal assistants of the rich & famous, fashion designers, makeup artists, musicians, actors , and comedians. We want to connect you to your family here in the Central Valley.

Interviews

Baby BashFrom High School dances
to back stage at the Oscar's

An interview with Hollywood Assistant,
Frankie Mazon

text and photo by: Frankie Leal

Hollywood assistant jobs are tough to land. Receiving an interview is a reward in itself, but receiving a job is a mark of respect. Scoring work as an assistant in Hollywood says you beat out a number of applicants and the boss thought highly of you to allow you to manage their company.

Native Reedley resident, Frankie Mazon, is proud to work as an assistant to Brian Grazer of Hollywood powerhouse production company, Imagine Entertainment. Imagine Entertainment is responsible for 43 Academy Awards and 131 Emmys. At the same time, their movies have generated more than $13.5 billion in worldwide theatrical, music and video grosses.

Tell me about your time in Reedley?
It was mostly like everyone else’s time growing up in Reedley. You made all your grade school friends and then were excited to go to Grant Middle school and finally go to all the dances. Then everyone went to RHS and made a ton of new friends. From there it was the typical Friday night football games, Fiesta, Marching band, RHS Drama club and lunch at Burrito Express. Holler! I miss that place.

What did you study in College?
I studied Psychology and wanted to become a Family Therapist.

Interesting. So, how did you go from Psychology to Show Business?
I attended college in San Diego and upon graduating I did not know if I wanted to pursue a secondary degree in a Graduate program (another 4 years). So I began networking in LA and decided to move to West Hollywood. My connections played an integral role in assisting me with looking for a job in the entertainment industry. Through my network of friends and colleagues I was introduced to my present boss. After our initial meeting and an interview he offered me a position to work directly in the executive office. I’ve been here for two years now.

What do you do for work?
I am currently an executive assistant at Imagine Entertainment. We produce films and TV shows for various networks.

Is this your dream job?
Being an executive assistant is by no means my dream job. But like every other industry, in the entertainment industry you have to put your time in; do the hard work, roll up your sleeves, not complain, hope it pays off, and is just a stepping stone to a more prestigious position.

So what is your dream job?
My dream job is becoming a Creative Executive developing TV shows, mostly comedy or shows that raise social awareness in our society. Whether that be for a network or cable TV - like LOGO or Bravo.

Can you tell me a little about your boss and his company and your role in it?
My Boss is Co-Chairman of Imagine Entertainment, along with Ron Howard, and is also an Oscar winning producer. We mostly produce films and TV shows but this year produced the 84th Academy Awards.

What does your work involve as an assistant to one of Hollywood’s most prolific and successful Producers?
My responsibilities include helping manage a very busy calendar, his domestic and international travel, manage set visits for film and TV shoots, assist with movie premieres and guests, and assist my boss on the red carpet for premieres. I also help to manage household staff.

What are some major events you helped work on?
Films I have worked on are ‘J. Edgar’ With Leonardo DiCaprio, The premiere for J. Edgar, and the premiere for ‘Cowboys and Aliens.” I also assisted in the filming of our latest film “Katy Perry: Part of Me’ along with the premiere and concert at the Grauman’s Chinese Theater. Lastly, I helped with the 84th Annual Academy Awards.

What are some career events in your life that you are most proud of?
I would probably have to say all of our movie premieres and working on the production side for the Oscars. During rehearsals for the Oscars it was very inspiring and exciting to be backstage and meet everyone who was a presenter. My co-worker and I actually lived at the Kodak Theater the week prior to the Oscars to make sure everything was taken care of. The best part was actually being backstage during the live telecast of the Oscars and meeting Oprah.

What do you see for your future?
Five years from now I will still be living in LA working for a TV network as a Creative Executive.

Who is the most exciting person you have ever had to work with or met?
Meeting Gwyneth Paltrow backstage at the Oscars - I have always been a fan of hers so it was nice to see everything come full circle.

Have you ever been celebrity star struck?
I would not say star struck but somewhat envious when I saw how fantastic Katie Holmes looks in person when she came to visit our office.

If you have any advice for young graduates looking to pursue a career in public relations/assistants, what would you say would be a good place to start?
I would say the best way to start is by moving to LA and meeting as many people as you can. Everyone here is young and looking to make a good network of local friends. Since everyone is in the same industry here you try to help each other out, because ten years from now you’ll still be working together.

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