I started in Hollywood as a stand-up comic. I loved it but realized it wasn’t a gig for the long run. So I moved to the other side of the desk as an assistant and worked my way up to become a senior level creative television executive. I was at CBS Comedy and then hired as Vice President of Steven Spielberg’s first Amblin Television. During that time, I heard more than 3,000 pitches, bought hundreds of scripts, and was involved in developing dozens of television series. In all, I’ve probably read about 5,000 scripts.
When my daughter turned two, I realized all my time was spent working and traveling… and not getting to see enough of her. So I changed my lifestyle and became a consultant. In this role, I created the CBS Diversity Institute Writers Mentoring Program, which I’ve run for 14 years. Soon after, I was asked to help Jeff Melvoin (creator of the WGA Showrunner Training Program) develop the program’s curriculum. I’ve been running that program for the past 13 years. It’s been an honor to see both endeavors thrive and watch the incredible success of my alumni.
Though I love these programs, I missed working with people one on one. It’s why I became an entertainment career coach. Because of my other commitments, I’m only able to work with a select number of people – those fully committed to doing the work to take their careers to the next level. There’s nothing better than helping my clients, step-by-step, break through barriers to achieve their goals and dreams!
A few years ago, I wrote a book revealing the “inside,” unwritten truth about what it takes to succeed in this business. I’m gratified to say, Hollywood Game Plan: How to Land a Job in Film, TV and Digital Entertainment has been enthusiastically received and is used in many colleges and universities across the country. I recently launched a 20-part virtual course on breaking into the business: Carole Kirschner’s Hollywood Boot Camp .
I also receive invitations to speak and lead workshops around the world. Basically, I’m the luckiest woman in show business because I get to do what I love: help creative professionals, at all levels, gain clarity as they learn to navigate the industry and create their future success