In my role as a senior level creative executive, creator of the CBS Diversity Writers Program, Director of the WGA Showrunner Training Program and Entertainment Career Coach, I’ve had the pleasure of hiring or mentoring hundreds of talented and ambitious entertainment professionals. Many of them broke through barriers – personal and professional - to succeed in Hollywood. 

I was delighted by their success and studied what they did to achieve it.  I discovered they have some important things in common:

They know that to break in or move up in the entrainment industry you need blazing hot material, a colorful and compelling personal story, plenty of industry contacts and the support and guidance of an insider.

I’ve been on the other side of the desk, read thousands of scripts, bought hundreds of projects and seen every mistake. I’ve made some of my own along the way, climbing the ladder to more than one dream job. I had to learn the hard way what it takes to succeed in Hollywood.  Now I want to share with you the unwritten rules of the business so you can save time and energy as you realize your own entertainment career goals and dreams.

Carole’s advice during our very first meeting dramatically changed the course of my career. She helped me look at my dreams in practicalities and she’s been my advantage ever since. At every step of the way Carole’s thoughtful, un-censored expertise has been the difference for me and I’m very grateful to be the benefactor of her incredible insight and experience.
— Vera Santamaria, Co-Executive Producer, "Orange is the New Black"



True Blood, Six Feet Under, American Beauty


Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul


The Shield, Timeless

For me, working with Carole was the final link between meeting and actually staffing. She knows the “who”, “what” and “why” of the industry, which makes her coaching and advice invaluable. Carole also has both the kindness and the talent to wrangle the particular brand of “crazy” which is writerly anxiety. For that I am grateful, and a career-long client.
— Shernold Edwards, Producer, "Hand of God"

The Book

Hollywood Game Plan

This book is my way to encourage you to take a risk and follow your dreams, but you don’t have to do it alone.

“Hollywood Game Plan won’t just teach you how to get a foot in the Hollywood door — it will teach you how to bust that door down.”
"Hollywood Game Plan is a fantastic, eye-opening read for anyone navigating a career in Hollywood and perfect for young filmmakers.” — Rachel Feldman, Professor, MFA Program, USC School of Cinematic Arts
Kirschner is one of the best at preparing people for success in the entertainment business.
— Barry Kotler, Agent, Creative Artists Agency