After getting F's in school and coming from an average middle class family, Hollywood producer, filmmaker and author Brian Grazer says his journey into the film business wasn't one he expected. Thanks to the unconditional support of his grandmother, Grazer said he improved his grades and was eventually accepted at the University of Southern California.
After graduation, Grazer wasn't sure what kind of career he was looking for and when he overheard a stranger say he left a "cushy" job in the legal department at Warner Bros., Grazer quickly went after the opening. Watch above for his take on how he found his way from a small town to an entry level position at one of the largest movie studios in the world.
Brian Grazer is an Academy Award-winning producer and
New York Times bestselling author of A Curious Mind. He has been making movies and television programs for more than 25 years. Grazer’s films and TV shows have been nominated for a total of 43 Oscars and 158 Emmys. In 2002 he won the Best Picture Oscar for
A Beautiful Mind.
Other film credits include
Get On Up, Rush, J. Edgar, Frost/Nixon, American Gangster, The Da Vinci Code, 8 Mile, Apollo 13, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Liar Liar, Backdraft, and
Grazer credits his success to his lifelong curiosity, courage and willingness to have conversations with total strangers. In his book,
A Curious Mind, he explores the power behind everyday conversations and how we can use our curiosity to live a bigger and better life.