How I Got Into The Media World...
I grew up without the internet or cable in Beaverton, Ontario.
My lack of exposure to media as a kid, inspired my deep curiosity to learn about this exciting industry. I quickly found out that yes, it's exciting, yet also just like any industry: it requires hard work, making connections and persistence to get a big break.
Over the last ten years, I've worked nearly every job in the industry from internships (one of the most exciting was at MTV in Series Development) to helping to create a show about entrepreneurship that got picked up by the Oprah Winfrey Network in Canada.
With my entrepreneurial spirit, I've also been featured in the the media for different ventures. I've been fortunate to be featured media sites like Cosmopolitan, Forbes, Entrepreneur to name a few.
Below are some recent interviews sharing my experiences that I hope can help:
I was happy to share a quote with Brit + Co about the importance of seeking alignment in your work:
SEARCH FOR JOB ALIGNMENT INSTEAD OF A SPECIFIC TITLE
Gwen Elliot, a course producer at Shopify, says that she could never have predicted her job would exist when she first started carving out her career path. “My journey to this role involved working in television (including producing a show that got picked up by the Oprah Winfrey Network in Canada) to being a full-time entrepreneur to working in my current role at Shopify,” she explains. “As a course producer, I create online courses that teach people how to create their dream businesses.” Elliot tells us that she would advise her younger self to look for alignment, rather than a specific job title.
“For too many years, I ignored my intuition for roles or opportunities that didn’t feel quite right — and ignoring my inner voice caused me to burn out and feel very frustrated. When I was going through a more recent career transition, I focused on getting aligned (through meditation, martial arts, and taking better care of myself) and soon after discovered my current role.”
A recent article for ThriveGlobal.com
Here is a recent interview with The Globe and Mail for their Salary Series. I appreciate the opportunity to share about the online education industry!
*Interview with The Prevail Project
*Interview with the Shold Media Group
*Interview for The Lucky Few Podcast.
And just for fun, here's one of my favourite interviews for my passion project, Mo' Money, Mo' Progress for Cosmopolitan:
I'm also happy to share media tips to help you breakthrough:
Gwen Elliot is an Course Producer at Shopify and the Co-Creator of The Media Method online course that teaches entrepreneurs how to get featured in mainstream media. Gwen is also a former producer for the Oprah Winfrey Network in Canada and has been featured on Forbes, Cosmopolitan, Entrepreneur and FLARE magazine for various side hustles. Learn more at www.gwenelliot.ca.
If you're a journalist, writer, podcaster, or producer looking for a quote or a shared experience on the transition from entrepreneur to employee, please send me an email.
If you are looking to break into the media yourself, check out my work with me page to see if I can help :)
@gwenelliot on all the channels!