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Career Tips From Hollywood 2008-02-19 07:49:59

Business Minded: Be Realistic About What It Takes

I'm a girl who keeps my promises, and to keep us on track down the road to the Oscars I'm bringing you another career tip from Hollywood's finest. Glamour got producer Debra Martin Chase to talk about her successful career as the first African American female producer to have a solo deal with a big studio like Walt Disney.

Debra realizes that to be successful, passion needs to be balanced with awareness of the business aspects of your career. She addressed why she loves her line of work when she said, "I believe movies have a profound impact on peoples values. I want to be a part of shaping those messages."

When Debra produced Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, Blake Lively (pre-Gossip Girl days) got to spend some time around her and talked about why Debra's a role model. She said, "Debra demands such a level of respect from everyone. You'll never see her be rude. She's straighforward and doesn't play games, so you trust her."

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