Growing up in a small town I was obsessed with TV and pop culture, but assumed only “special people” (i.e. not me) got to make it a career. Between my imposter syndrome and paralyzing self-doubt, plus my Tourette syndrome and OCD, landing a gig in television seemed as implausible as the plot of my favorite 90’s soap operas (Is Marlena still possessed or where did we land with that?). The career I’ve carved out today is all thanks to mentors and motivational allies who helped me get out of my own way. That’s why I’m passionate about paying it forward and empowering students & young professionals by lending my experience and expertise with some behind-the-scenes tea sprinkled in along the way.
Check out my most requested talks below. I also love curating unique talks for specific audiences and events, so let me know which topics and tips your students may be interested in and I’ll whip up something special just for them.
Career Path Q&A: Landing Your Dream Job in TV, Digital Video and Beyond
My favorite and most-requested talk. Hear about my journey from watching TV in Clarion, PA to making TV in NYC – the good, the bad, and the behind-the-scenes madness. Then ask me anything! We’ll leave time for an in-depth Q&A so each audience receives the unique advice they need to land their dream job – or figure out which specific job is the dream!
Resilience: The Art of Bouncing Back
Calling all perfectionists and over-thinkers! This one’s for you. I can still remember the exact moment I learned I wasn’t accepted to the NBC Page Program. I thought my entire career was over before it started. I wish I could tell 22-year-old Chelsea that she would turn out (mostly??) OK! Obstacles, rejection, and self-doubt are inevitable stumbles along on the path toward your dreams. You can’t avoid them, but you can perfect the art of bouncing back.
How To Stand Out Without Burning Out
Between the thousands of other resumes sitting next to yours on a hiring manager’s desk and the zillion qualifications and credits it seems like you’re supposed to have, trying to land your dream job (or any job!) can make you feel like you’re screaming into a void. This talk is designed to help make sure you don’t lose your voice (Screaming into the void, that is. Pls don’t scream, I promise it’s gonna be fine!)
We’re All Weirdos
Campus life can be overwhelming when you feel like you don’t fit in. Until you remember that “fitting in” is a fallacy! Everyone has something that makes them feel like an outsider – whether that’s a mental health struggle, physical handicap, addiction, unique worldview, or just the fact that they’ve always hated the way their chin looks from the side. As a Professional Weirdo* (*credits include but are not limited to: Tourette syndrome, obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety, eating disorders, never wanting children, being a woman, having a crush on the Home Improvement kid who wasn’t Jonathan Taylor Thomas), I’ll share my weirdo journey and invite the audience to reveal and revel in whatever makes them feel different to remind them their “weird thing” is actually their superpower. There’s no such thing as normal — so let’s be weird, together!