Hollywood Veteran’s Advice About Kindness
Yesterday at the USC Cinematic Arts School graduation, I had the pleasure of hearing Ron Meyer speak. Born in 1944 to Jewish immigrant parents, Ron Meyer dropped out of high school at fifteen, joined the Marines, got a job as a messenger in Hollywood upon his return, worked his way up to become an agent, signed Sylvester Stallone, and went on to co-found CAA, one of the biggest and most respected talent agencies in Hollywood. And, to boot, he’s also really funny and kind. I loved this line of his from his speech, one of his major pieces of advice.
When I shook his hand walking across the stage I told him, “I loved your speech and I wrote quotes of yours in my phone!” (Not sure if we were supposed to talk to the guests but YOLO.) It seemed to make him happy. If a guy as driven and successful as Ron Meyer – who now is a top executive and Vice Chairman of NBCUniversal – can live by this motto, any of us can.